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ERC3 Junior Torn: Three types of rally – Tarmac, Gravel and Barum!

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 18:00

The FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 Junior contingent is well aware of the pitfalls of Barum Czech Rally Zlín, with points leader Ken Torn suggesting it’s neither Tarmac nor gravel.

Though technically a sealed surface event, the roads used on Barum Czech Rally Zlín have a reputation for being very low on grip, with cars sliding around and mud being brought onto the surface as drivers make corner cuts.

Erik Cais, one of ACCR Czech Rally Team’s ERC3 Junior talents, might be at his home ERC round, but knows that scoring a good result will be a tricky task, especially after speaking with Torn.

“Getting a good result on the Barum Rally is really challenging because it's such a long and difficult event,” said Cais.

Cais also suggested that ERC3 points leader Torn (Estonian Autosport Junior Team) had summed up the legendary rally best.

“Ken Torn described it to me really well: he said that the types of rally that exist are Tarmac rallies, Gravel rallies and Barum Rally! I think this is absolutely describes this event.”

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Kopecky selects road-leading ERC honour for first Zlin leg

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 16:25

Jan Kopecký will lead the FIA European Rally Championship field into action on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, choosing to go first on the road for Saturday’s eight stages.

2013 ERC champion Kopecký (ŠKODA Motorsport) has four wins on his home event and earned the right to choose first by winning Friday morning’s Qualifying Stage, just beating reigning ERC1 Junior champion Nikolay Gryazin by less than a tenth of a second.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín is a notoriously slippery asphalt event, with mud often brought onto the road with corner cutting, so an early road order position is considered a premium.

That led to the top 15 drivers on the Qualifying Stage choosing a road order position identical to their QS position, starting with Kopecký first, all the way down to Martin Březík (Samohýl ŠKODA Team) in P15.

ERC crews will travel less than a kilometre from Zlin’s town square to the first stage of the rally, a superspecial around central Zlin.

The first ERC car into the Zlin Czech Republic superspecial will leave the start line at 22h36 CET, with live coverage available on ERC Radio.

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Bernardi targets repeat of Canarias on debut Czech ERC outing

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:00

Florian Bernardi is still determined to win the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 category this year, and is targeting a repeat of the podium order on his Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut to make it happen.

The two-time ERC3 winner hopes to win the ERC3 title on his second year in the series, driving a Renault Clio R3T prepared by FA Compétition.

Despite his inexperience on the unique low-grip Czech asphalt, Bernardi still has his sights fixed on the top step of the ERC3 podium.

"Since the beginning of the season, our goal has been to win the FIA ​​ERC3 title. To achieve this goal we need to aim for victory in the Czech Republic,” he said.

“The competition is still particularly fierce between the local drivers and our traditional competitors. We will also battle Jean-Baptiste Franceschi and Yohan Rossel, with whom we shared the podium on Rally Islas Canarias early in the season.

“If we could have the same result as in Spain (where Bernardi won, Franceschi was second and Rossel third), I would sign for it right away!”

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Alonso playing catch-up in ERC2 on Zlín debut

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 14:00

Juan Carlos Alonso, one of four title contenders in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category, is playing catch-up on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, making his debut on the event while also hoping to make inroads on his title rivals.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X driver Alonso is fourth in the ERC2 standings but has only competed in three events so far this year, while those ahead of him already have four scores on the board, with only the best four results counted at the end of the season.

Despite starting 17 points behind points leader Zelindo Melegari, Alonso’s hand is a strong one heading to Zlín, remaining the only multiple winner in ERC2 this year after five events.

“We thought carefully about our events this year. We thought Rally di Roma Capitale was not an event for us but we are here on Barum Czech Rally Zlín for the first time and really happy to be here, because it's a really demanding rally,” explained Alonso.

Both Alonso’s wins in 2019 came on the gravel-based events of Azores Rallye and Rally Liepāja, while he failed to finish the sealed-surface Rally Islas Canarias.

“The recce was very difficult for us because Tarmac is not our surface. Our last Tarmac run was in Rally Islas Canarias, which is a long time ago!”

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Adielsson targets Arai in ERC1 Junior podium battle

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 13:05

Matias Adielsson has one goal on Barum Czech Rally Zlín: beat FIA ERC1 Junior Championship rival Hiroki Arai to third place in the standings of young stars in R5 cars.

Sweden National Team representative Adielsson – who has switched to an Orsák Rally Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta R5 for this event – begins the rally 15 points ahead of Arai (Team STARD).

Both appear likely to eclipse current third-placed ERC1 Junior Alexandros Tsouloftas – who is not competing in the ERC1 Junior season finale – which sets up a two-way fight for the final podium place in the championship standings.

“We have one mission on this rally: it is to finish and be separate from Arai's points. There is a podium to fight for!” said Adielsson.

Adielsson and Arai qualified P19 and P21 on Friday’s Qualifying Stage respectively, though the Swede was encouraged by his rapid improvement in pace across three runs of the Pohořelice test.

“We have to look at the whole picture. There are very small margins and we are 5.7s from Kopecký, who was fastest and is obviously very, very fast here.

“In the first run of free practice we were almost 2.5s per kilometre (slower), and now we are 1.3s, so the improvement on three runs is good. The car feels perfect. It's just me and Andreas [Johansson, co-driver] just have to do the work.”

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ERC leader Lukyanuk explains Zlin practice accident

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:00

FIA European Rally Championship points leader Alexey Lukyanuk (Saintéloc Junior Team) escaped an off-road excursion during free practice for Barum Czech Rally Zlín, after going off into a field.

Lukyanuk took his Saintéloc Junior Team-run Citroën C3 R5 off-road during the second pass of the Pohořelice free practice test, which also doubled up as the Qualifying Stage on which he set the third-quickest time.

But luckily for Lukyanuk, his trip wide at a medium left only sent him into a shallow ditch on the edge of a field, and was pushed back onto the road by spectators.

"Yes, luckily it was a very soft off-road excursion, so not bad. [There was] no damage to the car," explained the reigning ERC champion.

"I'm building feeling with these tyres; you cannot brake as hard as you feel. It was good to check it on the free practice and not have any big problems!"

Photo: Rallypl

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Březík beats ERC3 title contenders in Zlín qualifying

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:02

Adam Březík used his local knowledge to great effect on the Qualifying Stage of Barum Czech Rally Zlín, going fastest of the FIA ERC3 Championship runners and ahead of a trio of ERC3 Junior title contenders.

Former downhill mountain biker Březík was 0.478s ahead of Jean-Baptiste Franceschi, who topped the Qualifying Stage times amongst the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship runners.

Driving an Orsak Rally Sport-prepared M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2T, Franceschi was 0.688s up on ACCR Czech Rally Team’s Erik Cais, who also competes in a Pirelli-shod Fiesta R2T.

The first of three contenders for the ERC3 Junior title went fourth quickest, as Sindre Furuseth (Saintéloc Junior Team) went only 0.025s slower than Cais in his Peugeot 208 R2.

Peugeot Rally Academy’s Yohan Rossel, who competes in the senior ERC3 category, split Furseth and ERC3 Junior points leader Ken Torn (Estonian Autosport Junior Team) in fifth place.

Torn needs only 18 points in the ERC3 Junior classification this weekend to guarantee himself the spoils and the pair of ERC1 Junior prize drives in R5 machinery next year.

Behind seventh-fastest Florian Bernardi, the last of the ERC3 Junior title contenders, Efrén Llarena (Rally Team Spain), was eighth quickest, 2.184s off Březík’s benchmark.

Czech pair Jan Talaš (ACCR Czech Rally Team) and Petr Semerád (GO+CARS GO+Eauto) completed the top 10 ERC3 runners.

Photo: Chris Rawes

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Kopecky kicks off ERC Zlin win defence by topping Qualifying

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:34

Reigning four-time Barum Czech Rally Zlín winner Jan Kopecký (ŠKODA Motorsport) began his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship on top, going fastest on Friday’s Qualifying Stage.

2013 ERC champion Kopecký was made to work hard for fastest time by reigning ERC1 Junior champion Nikolay Gryazin (Sports Racing Technologies), who clocked in only 0.075s behind.

Overall ERC points leader Alexey Lukyanuk survived an off into a ditch during free practice to go third fastest on the Qualifying Stage, 1.118s off second-placed Gryazin.

Filip Mareš (ACCR Czech Rally Team) has taken the first scalp in his ERC1 Junior title battle with Toksport WRT’s Chris Ingram, going fourth quickest despite running wide at one corner that cost him “maybe one second”.

Ingram meanwhile only managed P13 and will be amongst the last drivers to choose their road order position later today. With mud often kicked up from frequent corner cutting, a higher road order is often of benefit in Zlín to avoid the most slippery conditions.

Czech drivers put their specialist knowledge to good use by populating most of the top 10, with Mareš followed by Tomáš Kostka (Kresta Racing) and Václav Pech (EuroOil - Invelt Team) in fifth and sixth, while Jan Černý (Mogul Auto Šidlo ŠKODA Team) and Miroslav Jakeš (Samohýl ŠKODA Team) went eighth and ninth fastest respectively.

Miko Marczyk (ŠKODA Polska Motorsport) once again displayed his prodigious talent, the ERC1 Junior driver going seventh quickest on his first ERC event outside Poland. He had also been third fastest in second free practice.

Gryazin’s ERC overall title-contending Sports Racing Technologies team-mate Łukasz Habaj completed the top 10 times on the Qualifying Stage.

The ceremonial start formally kicks off the rally in Zlín’s city square at 16h00 CET, followed by the opening Zlín Czech Republic superspecial at 21h15 CET.

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Early stoppage for ERC Junior Wagner delays Zlin Qualifying

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 09:33

Simon Wagner’s preparations for his ERC1 Junior debut on Barum Czech Rally Zlín have been disrupted by a small off during free practice, with the Qualifying Stage now set to start 20 minutes later than scheduled.

Wagner went off on the 4.4 kilometre Pohořelice Barum free practice stage – which also doubles up as the Qualifying Stage – and needed his ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo towed clear.

Due to the brief stoppage to clear Wagner’s car, the Qualifying Stage start has now been pushed back to 09h55 CET.

Four-time Barum Czech Rally Zlín winner Jan Kopecký was fastest in FP1 in a factory-run ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo.

Kopecký was 1.435s ahead of reigning ERC1 Junior champion Nikolay Gryazin in second, who is taking up the second of his prize drives from series promoter Eurosport Events for his title success last year.

ERC Radio Reporters Julian Porter and Chris Rawes will be broadcasting live from the Qualifying Stage at 09h30 CET. Click here to listen live.

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Munster aims for “positive” ERC Junior finale

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 09:00

Grégoire Munster wants to end his maiden FIA ERC3 Junior Championship campaign on a “positive note” following a season of mixed results in the Pirelli-supported category.

The ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver has been fast but frequently out of luck in his Opel ADAM R2.

After a dominant victory in an ADAC Opel Rallye Cup in Germany last weekend, makes his second Barum Czech Rally Zlín start with his confidence boosted, particularly following his strong display in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 on Finland’s round of the world championship earlier this month.

“Our motivation to deliver a good performance at the ERC Junior season final couldn’t be higher,” said the Belgian. “Louis [Louka] and I showed an encouraging pace during the last event in Rome but unfortunately were not able to transform it into the expected result.

“At the Barum Czech Rally Zlín we will try to show the same good pace and finish our ERC Junior experience on a positive note. While we have experienced the extremely high level of competition in the ERC3 Junior Championship we have also gained the conviction that we are capable of keeping the high pace if we get our act together. We will do everything to prove this during our last outing in the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team.”

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Cais schooled for home ERC Junior run

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 06:00

Erik Cais will make his second Barum Czech Rally Zlín start this week – one year on from a debut performance that signalled his emergence as a rally driver following a prolific career in downhill mountain bike racing.

Cais was leading the RC4 category until a puncture on the penultimate stage dropped him to fifth in class.

It led to him being called up by his national federation-backed ACCR Czech Rally Team to contest this season’s Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship and he starts his home event boosted by a breakthrough podium on the last round in Italy and a strong showing on the Polish championship Rally Rzeszów last weekend.

“Rally Rzeszów was my test for Barum and for sure it helped to work on the set-up,” the 20-year-old Cais explained. “It was going pretty well, and I had good speed before I had to stop with damage to the car. But everything is fine for Barum.

“It’s going to be little stressful this week because there are a lot of people I know, and people expect. It was going well on my debut in Zlín last year, but I think it will be much harder this year because there will be more competition and a lot of really fast guys. I am hoping for rain because I know the roads and I know what to expect in difficult conditions.”

Ahead of this week’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín, Cais, co-driver Jindřiška Žáková and team boss Jaroslav Orsák took part in a promotional video filmed at his school, the Střední průmyslová škola polytechnická – Centrum odborné přípravy Zlín. Watch the ERC’s Facebook Live from 15h30 CET to find out what happened.

Photo: Julian Porter/ERC Radio

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ERC Junior showdown special: Marczyk counts on Kresta for Zlin tips

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 21:00

Miko Marczyk can’t win the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship but he could take valuable points away from title contenders Chris Ingram and Filip Mareš on this week’s season decider.

Marczyk is a highly-rated prospect from Poland and will make his Barum Czech Rally Zlín debut as the leader of his national championship following last week’s Rally Rzeszów in his homeland.

Although he’s never contested Barum Czech Rally Zlín before, Marczyk can count on the vast experience of three-time event winner Roman Kresta, whose Kresta Racing concern oversees Marczyk’s ŠKODA Polska Motorsport entry.

“For my first time it’s more like a training rally but of course I would like to be competitive on a few stages, although I have a full understanding of how difficult it will be,” said Marczyk. “I have done some testing on roads similar to what we have on the rally because my team is run by Roman Kresta, who knows this rally very well and has given advice about how demanding it is. I hope this can be an advantage for us but, for the first time, I know this is a very difficult rally.”

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ERC Junior showdown special: Why Rome mistake has made it “difficult” for Furuseth

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 18:00

Sindre Furuseth’s exit from the ERC3 Junior lead on last month’s Rally di Roma Capitale has hit his hopes of winning the title on this week’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín season decider.

Furuseth is 25 points behind Ken Torn starting the sealed-surface showcase and more than aware the odds of FIA title glory are stacked against him. However, the Saintéloc Junior Team driver has no plans to give up with two ERC prize drives in an R5 car up for grabs next season.

“It would mean a lot to win the title because it really helps in making the step permanently to R5 and provides two great opportunities in 2020,” said the Norwegian, a three-time podium finisher in 2019. “After our mistake in Rome the title looks rather difficult for us, but we will definitely try to do our part of the job and win the rally.

“Barum is a really special and difficult event, with always a lot of unpredictability and things happening. We will attack the weekend as we have done all this year, try to be fast, but stay out of trouble.”

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ERC Junior showdown special: Llarena admits Torn holds title cards

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 15:00

Efrén Llarena has admitted that his hopes of winning the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship depend on Ken Torn’s result on Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

Torn heads Rallye Team Spain driver Llarena by six points after five rounds. However, when dropped scores are taken into account, Torn is better placed due to the fact he can count all his scores, while Llarena still has one score to drop.

“My aim is to win the rally and get the title,” said Llarena. “We know it's going to be really difficult because we depend on Ken Torn's result.

“Barum Czech Rally Zlín is always a big challenge for everybody. We have to attack and give the maximum of us from the beginning.

“It would be a dream to be ERC3 Junior champion, the best reward for the huge work made since last year by the Real Federación Española de AutomovilismoRallye Team Spain project, the Mavisa Sport team, my co-driver Sara Fernández and me, and all the people behind us, supporting our programme.”

The RFEDA-initiated Rally Team Spain project has been encouraging followers to tweet messages of support to Llarena as he bids to win the title and the two prize drives in an R5 car in the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship.

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ERC Junior showdown special: Torn eyes the big ERC3 Junior prize

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 12:00

Ken Torn will have his eyes firmly on the prize when he starts the closing round of the 2019 FIA ERC3 Junior Championship tomorrow (Friday).

The Estonian Autosport Junior Team driver is in prime position to win the coveted title – and the prize of two drives in an R5 car on a round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship – having won three times from three starts in the Pirelli-backed category.

Ahead of the deciding Barum Czech Rally Zlín, which he’s contesting for the first time, the Ford Fiesta R2T driver said: “The prize is a very good opportunity because for a young driver to find the budget to compete in an R5 car is not easy, but the champion will get two rallies in an R5 car, which is very good.”

Of the challenge ahead on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, Torn added: “When I’ve watched the videos of the stages, they are different to what we had in Roma. You see some gravel on the road so maybe it will be one of the hardest rallies I have done.”

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ERC Junior showdown special: Title outsider Mareš to “give everything”

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 09:00

Filip Mareš has vowed to “give everything” in order to snatch the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship from Chris Ingram’s grasp on home soil this week.

Mareš has narrowed Ingram’s once comfortable advantage to 30 points following back-to-back wins in Poland and Italy.

Unlike rival Ingram, Czech federation-backed Mareš has no scores to drop when the ERC1 Junior title is decided on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, with a prize of 100,000 euros up for grabs to contest the ERC rounds in Cyprus and Hungary later this season.

“We are glad that we even are in the title fight before Barum, it underlines our good season so far,” said Kresta Racing-run Mareš. “Now we are 100 per cent ready for the final round, to give everything into the fight for the title and try to make the season even better. Our plan is to present good speed, be consistent in every stage and finish the rally with no big mistakes. I am sure, we are able to do it.

“From the beginning of the season, the motivation is really high as the budget for the last two ERC rounds is in the game.”

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ERC Junior showdown special: ERC1 Junior title catalyst for overall crown, says Ingram

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 06:00

Chris Ingram says winning the ERC1 Junior title would be “huge” and the catalyst he needs to land the overall FIA European Rally Championship crown at the end of the season.

Ingram can take the ERC1 Junior spoils by effectively out-scoring rival Filip Mareš on Barum Czech Rally Zlín this week.

If Ingram prevails, he will receive 100,000 euros as his prize from promoter Eurosport Events to contest the season-closing events in Cyprus and Hungary, two scoring opportunities that could enable him to become the first Briton since Vic Elford in 1967 to secure the coveted FIA title.

“The Barum Rally will be very important as it will decide the ERC1 Junior Championship,” said the Toksport WRT driver. “Last year we had a strong pace at the end of the rally, setting times faster than legends like Kopecký, Lukyanuk and Sordo. I know what we have to do – I need to do my job to the best of my ability in every area.

“Winning the title would be huge and give us the chance to continue our fight for the overall title but I need to step up the game now.”

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Been here before: Arai reveals early Zlin ERC experience

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 18:00

Hiroki Arai is no stranger to the Barum Czech Rally Zlín stages, even though he’s never contested the FIA European Rally Championship counter before.

Arai was driven through the demanding sealed-surface stages by his father Toshi, when Arai Sr was competing on the event in an R4-specification Subaru Impreza run by Manfred Stohl, who is behind the Team STARD operation responsible for Arai Jr’s ERC1 Junior bid.

“When my father did Barum Czech Rally Zlín in the R4 Subaru I was allowed to be in the back seat of the car of the recce car, so I actually have some experience of the roads but not really much real experience,” said the Japanese driver. “I know they are faster and not as twisty as what we experienced in Rome. If it rains, then I expect the roads to be really tricky and this will make the stages very interesting.”

After missing Rally di Roma Capitale due to a clashing event, Ilka Minor returns to co-drive Arai’s Yokohama-equipped Citroën C3 R5.

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ERC Junior Semerad expects big test on Zlin debut

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 12:00

Petr Semerád is braced for ‘the most difficult Tarmac rally in Europe’ when he returns to the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship in his native Czech Republic from 16-18 August.

Too young to drive on Barum Czech Rally Zlín until this season, the teenage talent will contest the sealed-surface event in the Opel ADAM R2 he took to the Czech Rallysprint title in 2018.

“Everyone knows this is one of the most difficult Tarmac rallies in Europe,” said Semerád, who is following in the wheel tracks of older brother Martin and father Josef by forging a career in rallying. “It’s very specific and a really big challenge with the cuts but I can’t wait. The roads can be very slippery with all the things from the trees falling onto the road. The driver who knows how to deal with the situation the best will do very well. I plan to go flat out.”

Of his decision to switch from a Peugeot 208 R2 to an Opel ADAM R2 for Zlín, Semerád explained: “I’m much happier with the Opel. I used the Opel to win the Czech Rallysprint title last year, so I’ve got some experience with this car.”

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Lukyanuk plays down the need to beat Kopecky in ERC

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk has played down the importance of beating home hero and former ERC champion Jan Kopecký on Barum Czech Rally Zlín this week.

Lukyanuk has twice finished second to the ŠKODA Motorsport star on the sealed-surface event and led at the halfway point in 2018.

But with the defence of his FIA European Rally Championship crown at the forefront of his mind, Lukyanuk won’t go all-out to win in Zlín for the Saintéloc Junior Team.

“To beat Kopecký would be really nice but considering our position [in the championship] and the expectations of our sponsors and the team we need to take it a bit more careful,” said Lukyanuk. “If I find a good feeling with the car maybe we can get to a proper speed and be comfortable, but it’s not easy. We are still learning the car and exploring its limits to try to set it up for the best performance. We need more time to be at the top [in Zlín].”

Lukyanuk starts the 15-stage Barum Czech Rally Zlín with a six-point advantage over Łukasz Habaj. He’s more aware of the challenging nature of this ERC mainstay.

“It’s a huge challenge, one of the most exciting Tarmac events in the ERC calendar because it’s really scary with technical roads, which you should take only by relying on your pacenotes, pushing hard in the blind corners with bushes and trees, some gravel and jumps,” said Lukyanuk. “I really enjoy this event but definitely the most thrilling challenge is a wet Barum, but hopefully it will not be like this.”

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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)