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High number of ERC fans lead to Roma stage nine cancellation

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 10:57

The FIA European Rally Championship’s popularity has had an unintended side-effect on Rally di Roma Capitale, with more spectators descending on stage nine than could safely be handed leading to its cancellation.

Rocca di Cave’s morning run was due to kick off at 09h11 CET (10h11 local time) but as thousands of eager fans descended to witness ERC’s top drivers kick off Leg Two, it was not deemed safe to run at full speed.

Instead, crews will treat stage nine as a liaison section run within normal speed limits, heading directly to stage 10, the 12.4 kilometre Monastero test.

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ERC Junior U28 driver Åhlin heads Rome Leg Two road order

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 09:00

Fredrik Åhlin will lead the FIA European Rally Championship field into Leg Two of Rally di Roma Capitale on Sunday, as rally leader Alexey Lukyanuk resumes P10 on the road.

Åhlin resumes his battle for eighth place with Toksport WRT’s Chris Ingram separated by only 11.8s in the overall classification and by four minutes in the road order.

ŠKODA Motorsport junior driver Juuso Nordgren follows Ingram fourth on the road, with SEAJETS-backed championship leader Bruno Magalhães and reigning Italian rally champion Paolo Andreucci in tow.

Rufa Sport’s Grzegorz Grzyb will restart his tight battle with ERC Junior Under 28 class leader Fabian Kreim over third place as seventh car on the road, with Kreim resuming eighth.

The overall lead battle between Russian Performance Motorsport driver Lukyanuk and Giandomenico Basso will resume with both drivers heading out P10 and ninth on the road respectively.

Saturday retirees including early ERC Junior U28 leader Nikolay Gryazin, Orange1 Racing’s Simone Campedelli, Łukasz Habaj, ARC Sport driver Aloísio Monteiro, Abarth 124 RGT pair Andrea Nucita and Andrea Modanesi, ERC Junior Under 27 competitor Dominik Brož, ERC2’s Sergei Remennik, Emma Falcón and Sebastian Johansson are all slated for a return to action on Sunday morning.

PEUGEOT Rally Academy talent Laurent Pellier will not return due to engine damage sustained in a crash on Saturday.

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Bernardi bounces back in ERC3 after shock absorber issue

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 08:00

Florian Bernardi bounced back from a difficult Saturday morning loop of Rally di Roma Capitale, surging to second place in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 category after a shock absorber issue was remedied.

Hoping to follow up his Rally Islas Canarias ERC3 class victory with more success in Rome, Bernardi’s quest for a podium was hampered by a damper issue on Leg One’s Saturday morning loop.

Despite running through stage four with only three working shock absorbers, Bernardi remained in the top five, conceding only 8.9s to his class rivals aboard his Renault Clio R3T.

Thanks to a rapid full rear axle change at midday service by his Fred Anne Compétition support team, along with repaired shock absorbers by Rtec, Bernardi incurred only 30 seconds of time penalties for late check-out from service.

Bernardi rewarded his mechanics’ efforts by going fastest in two of Saturday afternoon’s three full-length stages, climbing from fourth to second in ERC3, 1.4s ahead of ERC Junior Under 27 competitor Tom Kristensson.

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It’s Sunday on ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 06:00

Round five of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship, Rally di Roma Capitale, concludes today with the battle for victory between Alexey Lukyanuk and Giandomenico Basso tightly poised.

Sunday’s closing leg, the longest of the rally at 106.15 kilometres, features seven stages starting with the 28.60-kilometre Rocca di Cave test from 10h11 local time. The action concludes with the 0.65-kilometre seaside blast in Ostia from 19h18.

ERC Junior Under 28 contender Fredrik Åhlin (pictured) will lead the field away from the overnight halt in Fiuggi at 09h00.

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ERC Ladies: Munnings leads after Rome Leg One

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 00:16

Catie Munnings is in a prime position to secure an ERC Ladies’ Trophy win on Rally di Roma Capitale, as her chief rival Emma Falcón retired during midday service with mechanical issues.

Saintéloc Junior driver Munnings and co-driver Anne Katharina Stein faced an uphill battle after their pace notes were stolen on Friday, requiring an overnight rewrite from scratch by Stein.

They pushed on with new pace notes come Leg One, increasing their gap Falcón throughout Saturday morning.

Munnings was left to soldier on alone in her PEUGEOT 208 R2 when Falcón retired at midday service. The Spaniard had limped to the finish of stage four down on power, discovering both a broken gearbox mounting and turbo pipe.

Those issues could not be resolved during service, forcing Falcón to retire.

Munnings and Stein still needed to finish Leg One, which was made harder when Stein suffered a migraine during the afternoon loop, an understandable side effect of working through Friday night on new notes.

Despite being in pain Stein kept going, reading notes for Munnings at full speed and allowing both to stay competitive relative to their ERC Junior Under 27 rivals.

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ERC2: Érdi Jr all set for third consecutive win in Rome

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 23:47

Tibor Érdi Jr is on course for a third consecutive victory in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category for production cars on Rally di Roma Capitale, after chief rival Juan Carlos Alonso retired with a double puncture.

Reigning ERC2 champion and current championship leader Érdi struggled throughout Saturday with a lack of brake pressure, making driving tricky through the rally’s tight and twisty hillside roads.

This helped keep Juan Carlos Alonso within touching distance of Érdi, more than halving his 20.6s deficit after stage two by midday service.

Alonso took first place on stage five but picked up two separate punctures during stage six. With only a single spare tyre on board his RMC Motorsport Mistubishi Lancer Evolution X, Alonso had no option but to retire afterwards.

Csaba Juhász is second after Leg One on his ERC series debut, inspired to participate after years of watching the championship on Eurosport. Though he is 3m46.7s behind Érdi, his current podium position looks secure with third placed Sergei Remennik 4m41.6s further back.

Remennik had gone through a mammoth effort to even participate this weekend, his team pulling off a 5,000 kilometre round-trip to Latvia in 30 hours straight to source a new car when his usual machine was damaged beyond economical repair in a testing crash on Monday.

A new car sourced and switched from gravel to asphalt specification, his Lancer struggled to cope with such a tough itinerary so soon after completing Rally Estonia.

Two punctures, accident damage, fading brakes throughout Saturday, an overheating engine in the afternoon loop and no light pod for a night stage meant the usually rapid Remennik was consigned to falling well off the pace, though remaining in good spirits regardless of his troubles.

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ERC Junior U27: ADAC Opel Rallye Junior 1-2 after Furuseth heartbreak

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 23:24

ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team are holding a 1-2 formation in the FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 27 category on Rally di Roma Capitale, albeit only due to a heartbreaking engine failure for category debutant Sindre Furuseth.

Mārtiņš Sesks led Opel’s charge heading into Saturday’s seven Leg One stages, tied for first place with Saintéloc Junior Team's Simon Wagner after Friday’s short superspecial.

As Wagner was quickly eliminated after crashing into a wall early in stage two, attentions turned to another pair of Opel ADAM R2s lurking behind.

Sesks’ own team-mate Tom Kristensson overshot a corner and had to reverse in stage two, complaining his set-up was troublesome and stopping him from accelerating properly out of corners.

It was ERC Junior U27 debutant Sindre Furuseth that capitalised, jumping from seventh to second immediately and staying there throughout Saturday, even staying in touch with Sesks despite taking a wrong turn in stage three.

Furuseth was unable to keep Sesks in his sights come the afternoon loop. His 4.3s gap to first place after midday service became a 25.1s gap one stage later as he caught the ailing ERC2 category Mitsubishi Lancer of Juan Carlos Alonso mid-stage.

His situation soon turned from bad to worse, as Furuseth’s engine developed a misfire and dropped to three cylinders during stage seven.

Though Furuseth tried to limp home to Leg One’s final 2.54 kilometre Pico Superstage test, his engine expired in the proceeding road section, ending his hopes of what would have been a stunning debut podium.

Kristensson inherited second place in the Pico Superstage, also picking up his first stage win after a frustrating day of setup woe. His team-mate Sesks looks somewhat out of reach, with 1m12.8s in hand heading into Leg Two on Sunday.

Rally Team Spain’s Efrén Llarena had struggled all day long with an underpowered engine, struggling for pull in uphill sections of stages. Despite his speed disadvantage he remains within touching distance of Kristensson, 19.6s behind.

Mattia Vita’s home ERC event did not go exactly to plan, overshooting a hairpin in stage two before an exhaust manifold problem hampered his progress in Leg One’s afternoon loop.

A close battle emerged late on over fourth place between current holder Vita and Saintéloc’s highest placed driver Miika Hokkanen in fifth place.

The Finn had originally been ahead of both Llarena and Vita until a puncture in stage five – which had caught out the majority of ERC Junior Under 28 competitors – put him behind both.

Hokkanen complained of power loss in stage six but then ramped up his efforts, slashing his deficit to Vita from 21.3s to 7.5s.

His Saintéloc team-mate Catie Munnings is sixth, thanks in part to a dedicated performance from co-driver Anne Katharina Stein. Her pace notes had been stolen on Friday, Stein working overnight to rewrite them from scratch.

Stein developed a migraine during the afternoon loop yet pressed on, reading notes at her usual speed and intensity, which allowed Munnings to complete Leg One after a challenging 48 hours.

All drivers bar Sesks are one place lower in ERC3, a category which runs in tandem with ERC Junior U27 but is open to drivers of all ages. Florian Bernardi holds second place, 1.4s ahead of Kristensson.

Dominik Brož and Sebastian Johansson had barely begun their ERC Junior U27 adventure on Rally di Roma Capitale before it ended, both retiring in stage two.

Brož clattered a wall and cracked a rim on his PEUGEOT 208 R2 and though his car sustained little other damage, was still unable to continue. Johansson meanwhile retired from a technical issue.

Roland Stengg did not participate in Leg One’s Saturday stages, feeling unwell and electing to withdraw after completing only Friday’s Rome superspecial. ERC Junior U27 championship leader Diogo Gago had filed an entry but elected not to start on Thursday.

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ERC Junior U28: Kreim leads in Rome as drivers battle for overall podium

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 22:36

A trio of FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 28s battled their elder ERC1 rivals for podium places during Rally di Roma Capitale’s opening leg, with Fabian Kreim leading while also holding third place overall.

ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland driver Kreim felt his confidence increase stage by stage, moving his way through the overall order one by one while keeping his driving measured and tidy.

It was initially Rally Islas Canarias category winner Nikolay Gryazin setting the ERC Junior U28 pace, battling closely with Alexey Lukyanuk for first place overall while holding a solid category lead of 15.3s over Toksport WRT’s Chris Ingram.

Come stage four a first in a series of unfortunate events beset Gryazin, as a corner-cutting impact broke his power steering and caused a minor engine fire. Forced to pull over to extinguish said fire and struggle home with heavy steering, he dropped three minutes to Ingram.

It was a dream ERC Junior U28 return for Ingram after his early withdrawal from Rally Islas Canarias due to health reasons, leading at midday service. Unfortunately, that feeling would not last long, as a puncture in stage five cost him 1m35.2s to new leader Kreim.

Kreim’s 1m14.0s advantage over second placed Fredrik Åhlin after stage five grew to a 1m26.1s lead over the recovering Ingram by Leg One’s end, as Åhlin dropped to third place.

Jan Černý, driving the exact Gemini Clinic-sponsored ACCR Czech Team Ford Fiesta R5 which M-Sport driver Bryan Bouffier won Rally di Roma Capitale in last season, ended Leg One in fourth place.

Along with Ingram, Åhlin, and Rhys Yates, Černý suffered a puncture in stage five but was one of the worst affected. He dropped 3m33.2s while fifth placed Yates conceded 4m05s, already down on time after a puncture in the morning running of the same test.

Both earned a position back when Gryazin’s day of potential success went further awry. Despite a devastating three minute loss in stage four, he put his head down and got back to work, climbing to fourth in ERC Under 28 and P10 overall.

While pushing on with his recovery, Gryazin’s clutch started to play up in stage six, evolving into a complete gearbox failure come stage eight.

Unable to drive away off the start line, he was towed away into retirement only 2.54 kilometres from the end of Leg One’s competitive action.

PEUGEOT Rally Academy’s Laurent Pellier was barely given an opportunity to shine after his ERC3 victory on the Cyprus Rally last month.

Like Yates he picked up a puncture on stage two, putting him 57.7s off then-leader Gryazin immediately. Leg One came to a sudden halt one stage later, crashing into a tree and bouncing off down an embankment.

Impact damage from Pellier’s accident was sufficient that resulting engine damage could not be fixed in service, meaning he will not attempt to restart his rally on Sunday’s second leg.

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Day report: Fortune favours Lukyanuk as ERC Junior U28 leader Kreim impresses

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 22:03

Alexey Lukyanuk holds an 15.8 second advantage over double FIA European Rally Championship title winner Giandomenico Basso after Leg One of Rally di Roma Capitale, amidst an afternoon of high drama.

A two-time winner in 2018, Lukyanuk’s quest for a third win this season was aided by major rivals losing time and retiring outright, though had to cope with a broken rear roll-bar of his own throughout Saturday afternoon.

Though his lead is barely any larger than at midday service, Lukyanuk’s main chasers have changed multiple times throughout Saturday afternoon.

Giandomenico Basso is currently his main opposition despite a lack of familiarity with his ŠKODA Fabia R5 and a brand new co-driver in Moira Lucca.

He had been locked in a battle for second with fellow Italian championship competitor Simone Campedelli, until the Orange1 Racing driver’s day came to an end when two punctures left him without spare tyres to complete Saturday’s afternoon loop of stages.

Behind second placed Basso is ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland’s Fabian Kreim, who leads the ERC Junior Under 28 Championship category after Leg One.

In a performance reminiscent of his Rally Islas Canarias podium, Kreim methodically worked his way up the order with a series of clean stages absent of drama or errors, climbing from eighth to third by Leg One’s end.

He spent all of Saturday’s seven stages battling hard with Grzegorz Grzyb, swapping fractions of a second from stage to stage before establishing a 1.4s lead by day’s end.

Behind fourth placed Grzyb is 10 time Italian rally champion and spectator favourite Paolo Andreucci, turning in a mammoth performance after fracturing his lower vertebrae in a testing crash less than a week ago. He remains in the podium battle with Kreim and Grzyb, 7.6s behind Kreim in third.

A frustrated Bruno Magalhães finished Leg One sixth, his car’s engine cutting out and requiring a master reset more than once in the final two Saturday stages. The SEAJETS-backed driver had set his sights squarely on Kreim’s third place, but Magalhães’ intermittent power issue left him 31.5s adrift of a podium place instead.

ŠKODA Motorsport protégé Juuso Nordgren took a deliberately cautious approach to guide his Wevers Sport-prepared Fabia to seventh place, ahead of second placed ERC Junior U28 contender Chris Ingram.

Fredrik Åhlin was one of several drivers to pick up a puncture in stage five but was keen to focus on the positives, happy with his learning progression on asphalt while finishing Leg One in ninth. Ingram’s Toksport WRT team-mate Orhan Avcioğlu completed the Top 10.

Leg one recap: Lukyanuk and Kreim hold firm as rivals deflate

After two FIA European Rally Championship events in a row in which Alexey Lukyanuk crashed out, it was the turn of his rivals to experience misfortune on Rally di Roma Capitale, which also handed ERC Junior Under 28 leader Fabian Kreim a golden opportunity.

Fellow ERC Junior U28 pilot Nikolay Gryazin mounted a concerted challenge to Lukyanuk’s early pace, running within five seconds of the rally leader until stage four. A small engine fire coupled with power steering failure forced him to pull over before resuming, dropping three minutes and out of podium contention.

Lukyanuk had pinpointed Gryazin and Bruno Magalhães has the two drivers he wanted to beat. As Magalhães struggled in the lower half of the top 10 with set-up issues which made his car feel “soft” on Saturday morning’s loop, a quartet of Italian championship drivers circled close behind.

Umberto Scandola had won Rally di Roma Capitale twice in years past but was first to fall, a technical problem ending his rally while running fifth in stage three. Reigning Italian championship winner on this event Simone Campedelli was next of the front-running Italians to fall, retiring from third place when he ran out of spare tyres with two punctures in two consecutive afternoon stages.

This left Giandomenico Basso, twice a European Rally Champion in 2006 and 2009, as Lukyanuk’s main challenger in second place. In only his second rally aboard a ŠKODA Fabia R5 and with a brand new co-driver, he progressively pushed harder in every test, winning stage seven by 2.8s despite a 360 degree spin.

Fabian Kreim showed what could be achieved with a calm, restrained approach. Keen to cover every kilometre and build his confidence and pace, Kreim belied his young age with a measured drive to third overall and a secure lead in ERC Junior U28.

He was locked in a close battle all day long, swapping places with his podium rival Grzegorz Grzyb all day long in a tit-for-tat battle over tenths of a second. Despite battling hard with one another both ascended through the overall standings to third and fourth respectively, split by only 1.4s after Leg One.

Italian rallying legend Paolo Andreucci, who had earned the loudest cheer of all in Friday’s ACI Roma Arena superspecial, ran first on the road all day on his way to fifth place. It was a remarkable effort from Andreucci, who had fractured his lower vertebrae earlier this week in a testing crash which had sidelined his wife and regular co-driver Anna Andreussi.

Bruno Magalhães started Friday complaining his ‘soft’ car left him unable to push flat out, pointing out he had been lifting in corners which he had taken flat the year before. A new set of anti-roll bars at midday service made his Fabia come alive but it was all for naught, as an intermittent power issue cost him all progress. As his engine kept cutting out, his gap to Kreim, Grzyb and Andreucci ahead increased further, now in sixth place and 31.5s off a potential podium finish.

Those behind the top six were influenced greatly by a single stage, Pico-Greci’s 19.46 kilometres. As gravel and stones were dragged onto the asphalt roads, tyres took a beating, leading to several punctures for those fighting over points.

In Saturday morning’s pass there were warning signs of Pico-Greci’s rally-changing ability. Magalhães’ ARC Sport team-mate Aloísio Monteiro crashed out. while ERC Junior U28 competitor Rhys Yates and Italian driver Marco Pollara both sustained punctures.

Winding forward to Saturday afternoon re-run and the midfield order was shaken up massively. Campedelli, Ingram, Fredrik Åhlin, ACCR Czech Team’s Jan Černý, Albert von Thurn und Taxis, Cyprus Rally winner Simos Galatariotis, Łukasz Habaj and even Yates for a second time all sustained punctures.

Juuso Nordgren was one to narrowly avoid a larger stone which had caught out others, moving up to seventh overall with clean, consistent driving. Behind him a recovering Ingram finished Leg One in eighth after being as high as fourth before his puncture, CA1 Sport’s Åhlin in ninth and Orhan Avcioğlu in his Toksport WRT Fabia P10.

Qualifying Stage winner Gryazin’s comeback had been going well, surging back to tenth after his morning drama. It was an ultimately futile comeback, as a clutch problem in stage six evolved into complete gearbox failure on the start line of stage nine, Saturday’s final 2.46 kilometre blast through Pico.

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Breaking News: Lukyanuk leads ERC, Basso closing with Roma Leg One nearly complete

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 20:08

Alexey Lukyanuk continues to lead the FIA European Rally Championship classification on Rally di Roma Capitale, but two-time ERC champion Giandomenico Basso is closing in on his lead.

Two of Lukyanuk’s closest rivals fell by the wayside, Nikolay Gryazin suffering a fire and power steering failure on Saturday morning and Simone Campedelli running out of tyres from multiple punctures in the afternoon loop.

This allowed Basso to establish himself as Lukyanuk’s main challenger. Lukyanuk carried a rear roll-bar failure throughout Saturday’s afternoon loop which allowed Basso to close in further, despite driving an unfamiliar car with a new co-driver.

Lukyanuk and Basso are now separated by 17.1s with only Saturday evening’s 2.54 kilometre Pico Superstage remaining of Leg One.

As punctures caused a dramatic shake-up in stages five and six, a level-headed drive from ERC Junior Under 28 category leader Fabian Kreim has catapulted him up to an overall podium.

He took advantage of Gryazin’s morning troubles and a puncture sustained by previous ERC Junior U28 leader Chris Ingram to establish a 1m25.8s lead after stage seven, though Kreim has only 0.6s in hand over fourth placed Grzegorz Grzyb overall.

Local rally legend Paolo Andreucci is fifth after seven stages, running first of the road and avoiding problems which had befallen those running behind him. He was unable to resist the pace of those behind, falling behind Kreim and Grzyb on pace during Saturday afternoon’s loop.

SEAJETS-backed championship leader Bruno Magalhães is sixth, followed by a deliberately cautious Juuso Nordgren in seventh, a recovering Ingram in eighth, CA1 Sport’s Fredrik Åhlin ninth and Ingram’s Toksport WRT team-mate Orahn Avcioğlu P10.

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Campedelli loses potential ERC Rome podium after retirement

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 19:11

Simone Campedelli has dropped out of a potential first FIA European Rally Championship podium finish, retiring from third place in Rally di Roma Capitale.

Having suffered a broken driveshaft in Friday night’s ACI Roma Arena superspecial, Campedelli surged from P25 to second place on Saturday morning.

Orange1 Racing driver Campedelli dropped to third immediately after midday service, picking up a puncture in the afternoon re-run of Pico-Greci.

His day ended one stage later, picking up a second puncture which left him out of spare tyres to finish Saturday’s afternoon loop.

With no way to continue Campedelli was forced to retire from third place at the finish line of stage six, promoting 10-time Italian champion Paolo Andreucci to a podium position.

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ERC Rally di Roma Capitale order shaken up by stage five drama

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 18:40

The top 10 FIA European Rally Championship positions on Rally di Roma Capitale have been shaken up by a dramatic stage five, involving punctures caused by errant gravel and stones.

Saturday afternoon’s stages are a second pass of those run in the morning, meaning gravel and stones had been dragged onto the asphalt stage surface.

Though the first few cars – including rally leader Alexey Lukyanuk – passed by without issues, trouble arose once ERC Junior Under 28 competitor Fredrik Åhlin picked up a puncture.

Simone Campedelli dropped from second to third place when he also suffered a puncture, though did well to lose only 24.2s to stage winner Lukyanuk.

Similar problems cropped up for fellow ERC Junior U28 leader Chris Ingram – who had been leading the category – Åhlin’s CA1 Sport team-mate Rhys Yates, ACCR Czech Team’s Jan Černý, Albert von Thurn und Taxis, Cyprus Rally winner Simos Galatariotis and Łukasz Habaj.

Several drivers circumnavigated a large stone which had caught out others, with Giandomenico Basso and Wevers Sport’s ŠKODA junior talent Juuso Nordgren having near misses.

Thanks to his avoiding action, Basso leapfrogged Campedelli into second, while Ingram was one of the worst affected, dropping from first to third in ERC Under 28 and from fourth to P10 overall.

The rest of the top 10 before SS5 moved up one place due to Ingram’s misfortune.

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ERC Junior U28 Rome leader Ingram learning quickly on asphalt

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 15:54

Chris Ingram, who currently leads Rally di Roma Capitale in the FIA European Rally Championship’s Junior Under 28 category, is finding his ERC return more challenging than his last full event on Azores Airlines Rallye.

After retiring early on from Rally Islas Canarias with health issues, Ingram is back at full speed, leading Rally di Roma Capitale amongst his ERC Junior U28 cohorts after Saturday morning’s loop of stages.

Though he was quickly up to speed on his R5-specification debut, winning ERC Junior U28 on Azores Airlines Rallye, Ingram has found adapting to asphalt a more difficult challenge.

"It's so good to be back. It's so much fun,” he enthused.

"It does take so much time to take this step. In the Azores on gravel it was like a PlayStation, it was really easy and we were on the pace. Here it's taken a lot more work but we're getting closer all the time which is really promising.”

His path to first place was aided by issues for Nikolay Gryazin, who was leading ERC Junior U28 until an engine fire – caused by a leaking power steering system – dropped him almost three minutes.

"That's bad luck. [I’m] sorry for Nikolay. Hopefully he can be back in the fight. It's going to be a really good fight in the ERC Junior Under 28s because Fabian [Kreim] is flying as well."

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Magalhães rues “very difficult start” to ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 14:04

SEAJETS-backed FIA European Rally Championship points leader Bruno Magalhães is planning set-up changes at Saturday’s Rally di Roma Capitale midday service, after an unsettled car left him down in eighth place.

Magalhães has finished outside a podium position only once this season, but faced a challenging start to the rally, feeling unable to push flat-out.

Though he holds a 15 point advantage over his main championship rival Alexey Lukyanuk, the Russian Performance Motorpsort driver is currently leading Rally di Roma Capitale, with Magalhães 45.5s behind after only four stages.

"It was a very difficult start. The car is too soft,” explained Magalhães.

“When you have a left-right, right-left, when you need to change direction fast the car moves, so it's not possible to make the corner flat-out. I need to release the throttle.

“I can fix this in the service park with different anti-roll bars."

Despite his lowly overall position rapid progress up the overall classification is still an attainable goal for Magalhães. He is currently 13.7s behind ERC Junior Under 28 Championship category leader Chris Ingram, who holds fourth place overall.

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Sesks locked in ERC Junior U27 battle with Opel rivals

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 13:44

ADAC Opel Rallye Junior talent Mārtiņš Sesks leads a 1-2-3 formation of Opel ADAM R2s on Rally di Roma Capitale, holding a 3.3 second advantage in the FIA European Rally Championship’s Junior Under 27 category.

Sesks had begun Saturday morning’s stages tied for first place with Saintéloc Junior Team’s Simon Wagner.

Despite being forced to rewrite all his pace notes from scratch with co-driver Gerald Winter last night, Wagner took 6s out of Sesks to make first place his own.

His lead was a brief one, crashing into a wall only two kilometres into SS3 and turning the lead battle into a Sesks versus Sindre Furuseth affair.

ERC Junior U27 debutant Furuseth continued to impress, taking second place on SS2 before falling behind Sesks one stage later. He remains close behind Sesks, with 4.3s separating the pair despite Furuseth taking a wrong turn and needing to reverse on Saturday morning’s final stage.

Sesks’ ADAC Opel Rallye Junior team-mate Tom Kristensson is third in his Pirelli-shod ADAM, 10.8s off first place.

After Wagner’s retirement Miika Hokkanen picked up the baton as Saintéloc’s main hope, jumping past fellow PEUGEOT 208 R2 driver Efrén Llarena for fourth position. Only 2.0s separate them heading into midday service.

Mattia Vita drew a short straw when it came to weather conditions, a downpour starting as he came to finish SS3 and continuing as he began SS4 which many rivals avoided by running earlier in the road order.

The Italian holds sixth place on his home ERC event, 56.1s behind Llarena but 38.5s ahead of ERC Ladies’ Trophy leader Catie Munnings in seventh.

Joining Munnings’ team-mate Wagner on the retirement list was ACCR Czech Team’s Dominik Brož, who hit a wall and broke a wheel. ERC Junior U27 first-timer Sebastian Johansson also crashed out.

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ERC Junior U28 prodigy Pellier retires after dramatic crash

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:54

FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 28 talent Laurent Pellier has retired from Rally di Roma Capitale, following a dramatic crash on Saturday morning’s second stage.

Already on the back foot following a puncture in SS2, Pellier ran wide at speed, colliding with a tree. The impact pitched him across the road and down an embankment on the outside of the following corner.

Fresh from ERC3 victory last time out at the Cyprus Rally with Saintéloc Junior Team, it was a disappointing end to a difficult morning.

"I braked a little bit too late and we hit a tree. That's the way, it's only my second crash in 5 seasons,” said the PEUGEOT Rally Academy driver.

“We will see if we can restart tomorrow. I hope so. We are OK, this is the most important thing.”

Pellier can still recover points in Sunday’s second leg despite his retirement, as points are offered out for the fastest time across each individual leg.

Photo: Julian Porter

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Lukyanuk takes Roma lead after fire for ERC Junior Gryazin

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 12:37

Alexey Lukyanuk has moved into first place on Rally di Roma Capitale, after a small fire for FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 28 runner Nikolay Gryazin cost him over three minutes.

Sports Racing Technologies driver Gryazin had led overnight but could not hold Lukyanuk at bay, who won all three stages on Saturday morning.

Despite losing the overall lead Gryazin still held a comfortable advantage in ERC Junior U28, until a fire broke out midway through SS4 and led to power steering failure, forcing him to stop. He has dropped out of the top 10 overall.

Last year’s Italian championship winner on Rally di Roma Capitale Simone Campedelli has moved from P25 to second place, recovering brilliantly from mechanical problems that plagued him throughout Thursday’s action.

Campedelli is 14.7s behind Lukyanuk, with his compatriot Giandomenico Basso a further 3.1s behind in third place.

Chris Ingram has inherited first place in ERC Junior U28 after Gryazin’s woes while also snatching fourth place overall, 31.8s in arrears to Lukyanuk.

Italian rally hero Paolo Andreucci and Grzegorz Grzyb hold fifth and sixth places, with ERC Junior U28 championship leader Fabian Kreim in tow, second in his class and seventh overall with only 0.4s deficit to Grzyb.

Bruno Magalhães struggled with his set-up, complaining of an unsettled car on his way to eighth place at midday service, with ŠKODA junior talent Juuso Nordgren 10s behind in ninth. ACCR Czech Team’s Jan Černý completes the top 10 and completes the podium positions in ERC Junior U28 with third.

Laurent Pellier suffered a dramatic morning, picking up a puncture on Saturday’s opening stage before a high-speed crash on the final metres of the following test forced his retirement.

Umberto Scandola, who had been in overall podium contention, retired on the same stage as Pellier with a mechanical issue.

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Bernardi promoted to P3 in ERC3 after time adjustment

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 09:50

Florian Bernardi has jumped from P12 to third in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 category on Rally di Roma Capitale, after asking for a new stage time from stewards on Friday.

Showing good pace through ACI Roma Arena, a tight and twisty 1.8 kilometre test in the heart of Italy’s capital city, Bernardi found himself stuck behind Emma Falcón.

ERC Ladies’ Trophy points leader Falcón had been struggling with turn-in issues on Friday evening’s opening stage, along with problems selecting reverse when needed.

Bernardi caught Falcón and was forced to stop for several seconds, putting him P12 and over 11 seconds off ERC3 stage winning pair Mārtiņš Sesks and Simon Wagner, who were tied for fastest time.

On review stewards recognised Bernardi’s quick pace before that point, handing him a time 0.1s slower than FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship frontrunners Sesks and Wagner.

Bernardi has a 100% win record in ERC3 this season, having taken class victory in Rally Islas Canarias in May.

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Saintéloc ERC juniors work into the night after theft

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 08:00

FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 27 drivers Simon Wagner and Catie Munnings were forced to recce Rally di Roma Capitale's stages well into Friday night, following a break-in to one of their Saintéloc team’s recce cars.

Wagner and Munnings, along with their co-drivers Gerald Winter and Anne Katharina Stein, lost their pace notes, race suits and other equipment in a theft on Thursday before SS1 in Rome.

Saintéloc's third driver Miika Hokkanen and co-driver Reeta Hämäläinen were not adversely affected, despite their recce car also being involved.

"Our recce car was parked in central Rome and broken into. They stole everything, we have nothing," explained Wagner on Thursday.

"The laptop is gone, the GoPro camera is gone. They also stole a six pack of water bottles, it's crazy."

With their pace notes gone, Wagner and Winter were granted special dispensation by organisers to recce all of the rally's remaining stages, while Munnings and Stein were permitted to recce all of Saturday's tests.

This allowed both crews to write replacement notes from scratch by driving through the stages first-hand, rather than relying on video footage, some of which had also gone missing in the theft.

"Our preparation was perfect. I was really happy with everything but now it's a new game for us. I hope we will survive," Wagner concluded.

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It’s Saturday on ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

Sat, 07/21/2018 - 06:00

Rally di Roma Capitale gets serious today with seven stages over a competitive distance of 98.02 kilometres in store for the FIA European Rally Championship crews.

First up following service in Fiuggi is the 19.46-kilometre Pico-Greci from 09h54 local time with the action continuing on Roccasecca-Colle San Magno next from 10h49. Santopadre-Arpino completes the morning loop from 11h39 ahead of service in Fiuggi.

The afternoon loop is a repeat of the morning’s itinerary with the exception of the Pico Superstage from 19h15.

Follow all the action live on ERC Radio, the ERC app, website and social media channels.

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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)