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ERC ace Lukyanuk supports FIA Action for Road Safety campaign

Sun, 02/09/2020 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk has spoken to children in his adopted city of St Petersburg about the importance of road safety.

Winner of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship, Lukyanuk is ranked as one of the sport’s fastest drivers and only lost out on a second ERC title in a thrilling final-stage showdown with Chris Ingram on Rally Hungary last November.

Earlier in the season, Lukyanuk committed a road traffic offence while driving to a special stage on Rally Liepāja. As part of his penalty, Lukyanuk agreed to support the FIA’s Action for Road Safety campaign. He explained how he has tried to make a difference.

“I developed a presentation to speak to school children regarding safety rules, not just regulations but typical situations in big cities,” said the Russian Rocket. “On walking areas and pedestrian crossings, we have many accidents with problems of attention, not just drivers but pedestrians also, quite tense moments on our roads.”

Lukyanuk, who also included a section on safety in rallying as part of his presentation, said his presentation had been well received by school children. “The feedback from children is positive,” he said. “They were involved in asking questions, playing some active roles and sharing their experiences. It’s not easy for me of course to be like a presenter, but it was a nice thing to do.”

As well as speaking to school children, Lukyanuk held a session for young members of a motoring club.

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ERC 2020: Barum Czech Rally Zlín refresher

Sat, 02/08/2020 - 06:00

Hot on the heels of Rally di Roma Capaitale, the FIA European Rally Championship’s asphalt attack continues with Barum Czech Rally Zlín, which will turn 50 this August. Here’s a recap of the all the important details.

When: 28-30 August
Where: Zlín, Czech Republic
Surface: Asphalt
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 16 (2004-2019)

The rally in 100 words: Ever-present on the ERC schedule since the championship’s streamlining in 2004, Barum Czech Rally Zlín is based in the South Moravian university city, 300 kilometres south of the Czech capital Prague. It is a Tarmac test like no other due to the bumpy and sometimes broken nature of the road surface. To add to the challenge, several stages feature high-speed blasts through forests and intermittent showers are always possible. While the weather might be hard to predict, huge numbers of fans follow the action, especially on the opening night-time Zlín superspecial stage. The long-term ERC rally turns 50 in 2020.

Event eligibility:
FIA European Rally Championship 2020, round 6 of 8
FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2020, round 6 of 6
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020, round 6 of 6
Abarth Rally Cup 2020, round 5 of 6

Also counting for…
​FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams

Recent winners:
2019:
 Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo)
2018:
 Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2017: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2016: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2015: Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (ŠKODA Fabia R5)

Five facts:
1: 
Zlín’s rise from small town to big city is credited to Tomáš Bat’a, who founded a shoe factory there in 1894. His old office – located in a moving elevator – is preserved in the Regional Authority Building 21, which is home to the Barum Czech Rally Zlín’s headquarters.
2: Now established as a bustling university city, Zlín’s south-eastern Moravia setting is 300 kilometres from the Czech capital Prague and 220 kilometres from the Austrian capital Vienna.
3: Zlín became Gottwaldov from 1949-1990 after the first Czech communist president, Klement Gottwald.
4: Barum Czech Rally Zlín ran for the first time in 1971 and turns 50 in 2020. Jan Halmažna took the inaugural honours in a ŠKODA 1100 MB.
5: Event sponsor Continental Barum’s giant tyre factory and distribution centre in nearby Otrokovice hosts the rally’s permanent service park.

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ERC1 Junior champion Mares gears up for Azores attack

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 06:00

Filip Mareš will continue to prove his talent in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2020, starting with next month’s Azores Rallye.

The outing, the second of two prize drives for winning the ERC1 Junior title in 2019, will allow Mareš to further showcase his emergence as a strong performer on gravel, while also promoting Czech Motorsport, a new marketing and communication initiative from the Autoclub of the Czech Republic, a long-term supporter of his career.

However, before he contests the Azores Rallye, Mares will step up to the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time on next week’s Rally Sweden alongside regular co-driver Jan Hloušek.

“It is amazing that we have so big opportunity this year,” said Mareš, 28. “It was a dream from childhood to start on a world championship event and I am ready to face this challenge. I would like to thank my partners for the possibility to represent them and I am promising that I will do the maximum on the stages at home and abroad.”

Jan Šťovíček, President of the Autoclub of the Czech Republic, said: "Filip is one of the faces of our new communication brand, Czech Motorsport, which moves closer together the sporting activities of the Autoclub to a wider spectrum of fans.”

As well as a programme of European and world championship events, Mareš will contest rounds of his national championship, including Barum Czech Rally Zlín, a combined ERC and MČR (Czech championship) event from 28-30 August.

Kresta Racing, the team operated by Czech rallying legend Roman Kresta, who inspired Mareš to start competing, has been retained to run Mareš and Hloušek in a Rally2-specification ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo.

Meanwhile, the Azores Rallye takes place from 26-28 March using mainly all-gravel stages. The route includes the iconic Sete Cidades test, part of which runs along the rim of a volcanic crater lake, as its deciding stage. Mareš and Hloušek have one Azores Rallye start to their name dating back to 2017 when they finished third in ERC3 Junior.

Did you know?
Mareš beat Chris Ingram to the ERC1 Junior title by 0.3s in a final-stage decider on Barum Czech Rally Zlín last August to earn 100,000 euros in career support.

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WTCR racer Panis praises role ERC team Saintéloc played in Trophée Andros glory

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 06:00

Aurélien Panis used his post-Trophée Andros title celebrations to praise the work of leading FIA European Rally Championship team Saintéloc Racing.

Panis said he relied on Saintéloc’s consistency to come out on top at the end of the first all-electric Trophée Andros season.

And following his success with the French squad, which claimed the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams in 2019, Panis was keen to credit the efforts of the outfit.

“Thanks to them we won the championship,” said Panis who normally races in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, which, like the ERC, is promoted by Eurosport Events. “We were really consistent during the whole championship and this was really important. We also did podiums and victories and finished 23 points in front of the next driver. This was really good for us.”

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Breen joins Team MRF Tyres for ERC 2020

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 18:00

Craig Breen will bring his FIA World Rally Championship pace and prowess to the ERC in 2020 after he was selected to spearhead MRF Tyres’ return to international rallying.

The 30-year-old, who has two world championship support category titles to his name, placed second in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2015, an achievement that earned him a step up to world rallying’s top tier for 2016.

After scoring two world championship podiums and multiple points finishes during the next two seasons, Breen demonstrated his impressive diversity in 2019 when he notched up wins in four different types of Rally2 (formerly R5) cars. He also scored points on two world championship starts with the factory Hyundai World Rally Car squad.

While success at world level remains the Irishman’s ultimate goal, his experience of the ERC, combined with his technical understanding and undoubted speed, makes him an ideal candidate for MRF Tyres, which has joined forces with BRC Racing Team to tackle the eight-event ERC with a Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing-supported Hyundai i20 R5.

“I am really happy to start this adventure with MRF Tyres,” said Breen, who will compete under the Team MRF Tyres banner alongside co-driver and compatriot Paul Nagle. “We worked together last year placing emphasis on tyre development. It will be a great year with MRF Tyres, BRC Racing Team and Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing and great to get back to some rallies I have done in the past along with some new rallies.”

MRF Tyres Vice-Chairman and Managing Director, Arun Mammen, said: “MRF Tyres has a long and proud history in rallying in India and the Asia-Pacific region. With nine APRC titles, it is the right time to take the next step and take Indian motorsport into the European Rally Championship. We know it will be a challenge to compete with our European rivals but we are committed to rallying in the long term and we are aiming to learn and develop.”

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator for promoter Eurosport Events, said: “We are very happy that MRF Tyres has chosen the FIA European Rally Championship for its return to international rallying when it will develop its products and services in an arena where Michelin and Pirelli are already active. In Craig Breen and Paul Nagle, MRF has a very capable and professional partnership, while Craig will be the one to beat for drivers aiming to prove their talent at international level.”

Breen, Nagle, BRC Racing Team and Team MRF Tyres will begin their ERC campaign on the Azores Rallye from 26-28 March.

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Unrivalled volcano stage to decide ERC Azores Rallye

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 06:00

The stage that former winner Craig Breen said is unrivalled in terms of “spectacle” will decide the FIA European Rally Championship season-opening Azores Rallye next month.

Organisers Grupo Desportivo Comercial have confirmed the iconic Sete Cidades volcano stage, which traditionally ran during the middle day of the Azores Rallye, will now serve as the closing test of the spectacular event on the mid-Atlantic Ocean island of São Miguel.

Breen, who won the Azores Rallye in 2015, said: “There’s probably no other spectacle in sport like Sete Cidades. To drive a rally car along the ridge of a volcano is an incredible experience.”

In other exciting changes for the 55th edition of the Azores Rallye, which takes place from 26-28 March, the Ponta Delgada-based, all-asphalt City Show switches from a Wednesday evening demonstration event to a competitive stage on Thursday 26 March under a new name, PDL Stage.

Meanwhile, Graminhais and the jungle-esque Tronqueira on the east side of São Miguel, will form part of the leg one itinerary on Friday 27 March having previously taken place on the final day.

Entries open on 7 February when the supplementary regulations will also be published.

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Young Austrian chooses ERC to Landa experience

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 12:00

Nikolai Landa has chosen the FIA European Rally Championship to continue to grow his experience, teaming up with his co-driving father Günter in ERC3 Junior.

The 21-year-old from Austria is targeting three rounds of the Pirelli-supported category in 2020 with a full assault on the young driver category the ultimate aim next season.

Having recently completed his university exams, Landa will begin his ERC adventure on Rally Liepāja in May before he contests 77th Rally Poland in June. A return to Barum Czech Rally Zlín, which he first tackled last season, completes his three-event campaign although an outing on July’s Rally di Roma Capitale is also under consideration, budget permitting.

What do you hope to archive in ERC3 Junior?
“The main goal is to learn as much as we can and collect as many kilometres as we can. With Beppo Harrach we have made a plan of how we will approach these rallies. It’s much more helpful when you drive the rally on a constant speed and get to the finish line, as it’s way better than to have a really good speed and crash on the second stage. But we also want to be fast so we need a good balance.”

Then what?
“We want to compete in the whole of ERC Junior in 2021 if that’s possible with the sponsors. We are trying to get a lot of experience because we are against other ERC Junior drivers who have done these rallies two or three times.”

It’s fair to say you are getting plenty of advice?
“Beppo Harrach is our team leader and former Austrian champion and it’s amazing to have him on our side to help us. Then I also have my father, my co-pilot. He used to drive himself when he was in his 20s and that’s how I got into rallies because I was in touch from an early age and got really excited about it. My father shows me in the recce what’s important and to find the good racing line. He’s helping me a lot so that’s really useful to have somebody in the car who also has experience from the driving seat.”

You’re planning two gravel rounds of the ERC, is that your preferred surface?
“I like to drive on gravel more than on Tarmac because I think I am a bit faster on gravel. We are planning some rallies in Italy as well this year because I know I have to improve on Tarmac and there are some really good roads there. We tried to pick our rallies with the focus on where we have to improve the most.”

Landa’s ERC3 Junior campaign is being made possible by the support of the following: Advancis, DriftCompany, Lederer IT Services, Allianz - Agentur Latzl, Dormakaba, Pirelli, Pfabigan Photo & Video and Rallyepics by Autengruber.

Did you know?
Landa’s team boss, Beppo Harrach, is a two-time ERC2 event winner and an outright podium finisher at FIA European Rally Championship level.

Where to watch Nikolai Landa in 2020?
Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 29-31 May; 77th Rally Poland, 26-28 June; Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 28-30 August

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Co-driving legend Delecour was unbelievable, says ERC’s Fernández

Sun, 02/02/2020 - 06:00

Sara Fernández, who co-drove fellow Spaniard Efrén Llarena to the FIA ERC3 and ERC3 Junior titles in 2019, has spoken about the moment when she realised that she’d be navigating rallying legend François Delecour.

The former factory FIA World Rally Championship driver was invited by French magazine Échappement to test Peugeot’s all-new 208 Rally 4 on a Tarmac stage close to Fafe in northern Portugal from 10-12 December.

Having co-driven Llarena during the car’s development phase, Fernández was ideally placed to guide Delecour at the test organised by Peugeot Sport and respected preparation company Sports&You.

"In the first moment, when somebody told me at the beginning of the test session that a few hours later I would be co-driving François Delecour, I couldn't believe it,” said Fernández. “I felt very satisfied and grateful for that experience when I realised I was inside a rally car next to a master driver like him. It was my first time co-driving in a foreign language, using French pacenotes, but I felt really comfortable and motivated. I hope my job was helpful for François.”

Llarena, who won his ERC3 and ERC3 Junior titles with backing from Rallye Team Spain – Spanish federation RFEDA’s talent programme – was also present at the test and had the opportunity to speak to Delecour about the Peugeot 208 Rally 4.

“It was really special for me to share my feedback at the wheel of the new-brand Peugeot 208 Rally 4 with such a legend driver like François Delecour,” said Llarena. “It was a pleasure to chat together and to explain him my feeling with the car and the role I played for the first time as Peugeot Sport factory team test driver. He enjoyed a lot discovering on a twisty tarmac stage the performance of the great machine developed by Peugeot".

With grateful thanks to Nacho Villarín

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ERC 2020: Rally di Roma Capitale refresher

Sat, 02/01/2020 - 06:00

After two rounds on gravel in Latvia and Poland, the FIA European Rally Championship returns to asphalt for July’s Rally di Roma Capitale. The key information appears below.

When: 24-26 July
Where: Rome, Italy
Surface: Asphalt
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 3 (2017-2019)

The rally in 100 words: The progression of this exciting asphalt event, organised and promoted by Max Rendina, has been remarkable. Having run for the first time in 2013, Rally di Roma Capitale made its ERC debut in 2017 as Italy returned to the European championship for the first time since 2013 when Rallye Sanremo was on the calendar.  It proved a big hit with a driving parade through the centre of Rome, a spectacular spectator stage around the Palazzio della Civiltà del Lavoro in the EUR district, followed by two days of action-packed rallying on stages to the east and south-east of the capital.

Event eligibility:
FIA European Rally Championship 2020, round 5 of 8
FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2020, round 5 of 6
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020, round 5 of 6
Abarth Rally Cup 2020, round 4 of 6

Also counting for…
​FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams

Recent winners:
2019: 
Giandomenico Basso/Lorenzo Granai (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2018: 
Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2017: Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri (Ford Fiesta R5)
2016: Umberto Scandola/Guide D’Amore (ŠKODA Fabia R5)*
2015: Umberto Scandola/Guide D’Amore (ŠKODA Fabia R5)*
*Non-ERC event

Five facts:
1:
 Rome’s famous Colosseum, which features on the Roma parade route, is the largest amphitheatre ever built. Construction began in AD 72 and was completed in AD 80.
2: In stark contrast, Rally di Roma Capitale took place for the first time in 2013 and joined the ERC roster in 2017.
3: The commune of event base Fiuggi, to the southeast of central Rome, was made famous by its natural spring water and the healing powers it possesses.
4: Rome was one of two European capitals to host the ERC in 2019 with Nicosia home to the Cyprus Rally.
5: Italy has celebrated 23 European championship triumphs over the years. Giandomenico Basso and Luca Rossetti are both multiple winners.

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ERC’s Monteiro is five alive

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 12:00

Aloísio Monteiro hopes his third FIA European Rally Championship campaign will not only promote The Racing Factory’s expertise, but also ready him for a planned step up to world level during the season.

Portuguese driver Monteiro has announced a five-event ERC programme in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo run by The Racing Factory. Sancho Eiró, from the Azores, will co-drive.

“Keeping the bet on FIA ERC was fundamental for us, because The Racing Factory will have more customers in this market,” said Porto-based Monteiro, who made four ERC starts in 2019. “The experience we bring from each event is important and will be useful in other events where we want to participate. We can confirm our participation in five events of this European championship and we will participate in other national and international events, including a world rally this year.”

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Sébastien Loeb Racing ready for service in the ERC

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 12:00

The team co-founded by Dominique Heintz and rallying legend Sébastien Loeb is making available its expertise to customers considering the FIA European Rally Championship for 2020.

Sébastien Loeb Racing has achieved considerable success in circuit racing, off-road events and rallying at both national and international level.

Based in Soultz-sous-Forêts in north-eastern France, Sébastien Loeb Racing is highly experienced and guided Belgian William Wagner to fourth place in last season’s French Rally Championship and a victory in the 2019 Trophée Michelin.

For 2020, it is expanding its activities to include a possible ERC programme in the top-level ERC1 category for Rally2 (formerly R5) cars.

Jean-Philippe Nicolao, Technical Manager, explained: “We have a team of highly experienced personnel and the facilities to provide a very professional service to customer drivers. We have followed the ERC in recent years and it’s a championship we would like to be a part of with good events and good competition.”

Drivers interested in joining Sébastien Loeb Racing for the 2020 ERC can find out more by clicking here or by emailing contact@sebastienloebracing.com.

Photo: Sebastienloebracing.com

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ERC Junior star Devine picked for Hyundai Junior Driver programme

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 06:00

Callum Devine has been selected, along with four other drivers with FIA European Rally Championship experience, for Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing’s Junior Driver programme.

Devine, who will chase ERC1 Junior and outright title success with Hyundai power in 2020, joins Nikolay Gryazin, Pierre-Louis Loubet, Grégoire Munster and Ole Christian Veiby on the scheme, which gives access to Hyundai engineers and the make’s world championship drivers for support and advice.

"This is an amazing opportunity and will certainly help with our Europeanc championship ambitions,” said Devine. “To have even been considered for inclusion is amazing, but to have been one of the five chosen is a real honour. I'm really looking to the year ahead and some new challenges and experiences.”

Meanwhile, Belgian talent Munster is an ERC3 Junior graduate having competed in the Pirelli-supported series for the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team in 2019. He wrote on Facebook: “Proud to announce we are a new member of Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing’s Junior Driver program! Many thanks for the opportunity and the trust that is given us.”

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Ingram, Whittock honoured by national ASN for ERC title triumph

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 06:00

Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock were honoured at Motorsport UK’s Night of Champions event in London on 25 January for their capture of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019.

In the company of Graham Stoker, FIA Deputy President (Sport), and David Richards CVE, Chairman of Motorsport UK, the British ASN, Ingram and Whittock, showed off the trophies they received for winning the overall ERC title last season, when Ingram became the first Briton since Vic Elford in 1967 to take the coveted crown.

“The Night of Champions recognises the achievements of British drivers across a wide range of motorsport disciplines,” said Richards (pictured centre with Ingram, left, and Whittock. “It’s a true celebration for all those that make our sport the great success it is.”

Photo: Motorsport UK

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Former ERC1 Junior champion Gryazin takes Monte podium

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 06:00

Former ERC1 Junior champion Nikolay Gryazin made a strong start to his career as a Hyundai Motorsport driver with third place in the FIA World Rally Championship 2 category on his first Rallye Monte-Carlo yesterday.

Gryazin won the ERC1 Junior title in 2018 driving for Sports Racing Technologies. He has since stepped up to the world championship with his potential rewarded by Hyundai for 2020.

“It was not an easy event with lots of muddy conditions, as well as ice, snow and slush,” said Russian Gryazin. “While it was tricky, we had a valuable experience getting to know the car. We didn’t push too much, as our objective was to finish the rally and to take some points away, which we achieved. We will try to improve at the next event.”

Drivers aiming to follow in Gryazin’s wheel tracks by graduating from the FIA European Rally Championship to the world stage will get their first opportunity to prove their talent on the ERC season-opening Azores Rallye from 26-28 March.

Photo: Hyundai Motorsport

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New ERC Junior recruit Radstrom tests to be best

Sun, 01/26/2020 - 06:00

Dennis Rådström underlined his intent to win the 2020 FIA ERC3 Junior Championship by completing a four-day test in Poland recently.

Along with co-driver Johan Johansson, Swede Rådström linked up with M-Sport Poland at a venue close to Krakow to continue his preparations for the upcoming campaign, which will also include his home round of the Junior world championship.

And in his efforts to capture the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior title, Rådström wants to learn more about rally car development and working effectively with an engineer.

“We haven't driven since the end of last season and need to get up to speed,” Rådström said. “We want to find a good collaboration with the engineers and hope they can benefit from our feedback in the continued development of the car. We hope to get a good start to the season with a lot of driving.”

Rådström and Johansson have joined event-winning Orsák Rallysport for the 2020 season. They will compete in a Ford Fiesta R2T.

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ERC 2020: 77th Rally Poland refresher

Sat, 01/25/2020 - 06:00

Venue of round four of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship, here’s a reminder of just some of the event details.

When: 26-28 June
Where: Mikołajki, Poland
Surface: Gravel
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 11 (2004-2008, 2010-2013, 2018-2019)

The rally in 100 words: One of the world’s oldest rallies returned to the ERC roster in 2018 after a five-year break as Rally Poland replaced Rally Rzeszow as the country’s round of the European championship for its 75th edition. First run in 1921, Rally Poland’s home since 2005 has been Mikołajki in the picturesque Masurian lake district, a three-hour drive north from the capital Warsaw, where high-speed all-gravel stages are commonplace. And it was in Mikołajki where Kajetan Kajetanowicz first emerged as a major force in the ERC, taking the event win in 2013 prior to beginning his record-breaking title treble sequence in 2015.

Event eligibility:
FIA European Rally Championship 2020, round 4 of 8
FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2020, round 4 of 6
FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020, round 4 of 6
Abarth Rally Cup 2020, round 3 of 6

Also counting for…
​FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams

Recent winners:
2019:
 Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Citroën C3 R5)
2018: Nikolay Gryazin/Yaroslav Fedorov (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2017: Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC)*
2016: Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jæger (Volkswagen Polo R WRC)*
2015: Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (Volkswagen Polo R WRC)*
*WRC event

Five facts
1:
 Run for the first time in 1921 from the capital Warsaw, Rally Poland turned 75 in 2018, making it the second oldest rally in the world behind Rallye Monte-Carlo.
2: A founding round of the world championship in 1973 when current FIA President Jean Todt co-drove Achim Warmbold to victory on what was then a Tarmac event, Rally Poland’s ERC links date back to 1960 when German pair Walter Schock-Moll and Rolf Moll triumphed in a Mercedes-Benz 220 SE.
3: Mikołajki in the picturesque Masurian lake district has been Rally Poland’s base since 2005, which marked the event’s switch from asphalt to gravel stages.
4: A three-hour drive north of Warsaw, Mikołajki is home to the gigantic Hotel Gołębiewski, which doubles as event HQ and has grounds large enough to accommodate the rally’s service park and superspecial stage, the Mikołajki Arena.
5: Pole Sobiesław Zasada, who became outright ERC champion in 1971 after taking two category titles in the 1960s, is the most successful driver in Rally Poland history with four wins.

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Polonski to push for ERC double in Abarth 124 rally

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 12:00

Dariusz Poloński will target a title double when he embarks on another season of FIA European Rally Championship action in 2020.

As well as chasing top spot in the ERC2 category, Poloński has set his sights on winning the Abarth Rally Cup**, which carries a hugely impressive €210,000 prize fund, of which €30,000 is up for grabs on each event and €30,000 handed to the end-of-season title winner.

But while the chance to score points and win big were firmly behind Poloński’s decision to continue in the one-make category, the “great support” provided by the Abarth Rally Cup organisers made his choice for 2020 even more clear cut.

“First of all, I really enjoy to drive this car, it is fast and demanding,” said Poloński, who like his fellow Abarth Rally Cup drivers is eligible for ERC2 points. “But the main difference with the Abarth Rally Cup is the great support. There is the technical support from the engineers and a full truck of spare parts and also a hospitality truck.”

After finishing runner-up to Andrea Nucita in the first Abarth Rally Cup to run within the ERC framework in 2019, Poloński has the top of the end-of-year podium firmly in mind. “We hope to fight for first place in the Abarth Rally Cup and ERC2 category,” said Poloński. “We had some issues during last season but definitely the most positive thing was the progress we got from the feeling of the car.”

Poloński, who will again be co-driven by fellow Pole Łukasz Sitek, is planning a handful of test sessions in early spring, while an outing on the Polish championship season-opening Rajd Świdnicki, which takes place from 17-19 April, is also under consideration ahead of the 2020 Abarth Rally Cup getting underway on Rally Islas Canarias from 7-9 May**.

Did you know?
Poloński began his competition career in circuit racing with Fiat power before he switched to rallying in 1999, this time relying on a Fiat Seicento Sporting.

Where to watch Dariusz Poloński in 2020?
Rally Islas Canarias, 7-9 May; Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 29-31 May; 77th Rally Poland, 26-28 June; Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 24-26 July; Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 28-30 August; Rally Hungary, 6-8 November.

**Abarth Rally Cup 2020 is subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval

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Lappi: ERC allowed me to take the next step

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 06:00

Esapekka Lappi, who begins his FIA World Rally Championship bid on Rallye Monte-Carlo later today (Thursday) has spoken about how his title-winning stint in the ERC helped him to progress to and ultimately win at world level.

Lappi won the FIA European Rally Championship in 2014, his first full season in the series, following success at national level in his native Finland. He moved into the world championship with ŠKODA the following season and has driven in the World Rally Car category since 2017, winning with Toyota.

For 2020, Lappi is joining the Ford-supported M-Sport squad. But ahead of his first event with the British outfit the Finn recalled his time spent in the ERC, which began with a debut victory on Rally Poland in September 2012.

“When you have a good competition, it teaches you a lot,” said Lappi. “In the European championship the level was high and we did a lot of rallies on Tarmac. For a Finnish driver this was very important, it was really good for the learning and what I did in the European championship allowed me to take the next step.”

As well as achieving success – he won five European championship rounds – Lappi enjoyed the atmosphere and being part of the ERC family.

“You could see different locations where normally you are not spending time,” he said. “It was also the first time I was in a factory team and you could understand how all the things are working, how to behave and what support you can have. In the ERC I could learn all that very well.”

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ERC team SRT’s key numbers make for impressive reading

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:00

Leading FIA European Rally Championship team Sports Racing Technologies has revealed the effort it goes to in order to be successful.

Having guided Nikolay Gryazin to ERC1 Junior gold in 2018, the Latvian team helped turn Łukasz Habaj into an outright title contender with the Polish ace claiming his first overall victory as he challenged for the 2019 championship against Chris Ingram and Alexey Lukyanuk.

While SRT’s activities include a number of championships and categories, its end-of-season number summary makes for impressive reading.

During 2019, SRT…

Competed in 21 countries
Took part in 113 events
Prepared 13 cars
Ran 16 drivers
Completed 19323 stage kilometres
Undertook 58 test days
Employed 35 team members
Entered seven championships
Scored 56 podium finishes

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ERC champion Ingram reiterates world championship ambitions

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 06:00

Chris Ingram has reiterated his desire to use his FIA European Rally Championship title success as a launchpad to the sport’s top level.

Ingram, who won the 2019 ERC title in a thrilling final-stage decider with Alexey Lukyanuk in Hungary last November, is working hard to secure the necessary budget to enable his progression alongside co-driver Ross Whittock.

“I have made no secret of my desire to move into world championship and that time is now,” said the 25-year-old. “Building on our achievements in last year’s title-winning European Rally Championship season, we are ready to demonstrate our credentials on the world’s stages. To do this, we have to meet some pretty ambitious funding targets as we fight to overcome the odds [of finding a budget] once again.”

Ingram has joined forces with a marketing agency, SQN, to help his sponsorship search, with the company also charged with his personal brand development.

Claire Ritchie-Tomkins, the company’s CEO, said: “Chris and Ross are the next big thing in international motorsport. Their ERC title is evidence of their talent and their unrelenting determination. We have spent two decades bringing brands into motorsport; we recognise the unique benefits that motorsport can bring to them. Chris is a hugely marketable, personable, well-presented and talented young man, who would be a fantastic asset for the right company to associate themselves with.”

While progression to the world championship is Ingram’s main goal, he isn’t ruling out further ERC appearances in the future.

“I want to stay with Toksport WRT and win another big title,” Ingram said last month. “Realistically we are exploring all options but I am sure we will be back in the ERC at some point definitely.”

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Kalendarz 2020

29-31.05.

Rally Liepaja (Łotwa)

26-28.06.

77. Rajd Polski

24-26.07.

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

28-30.08.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

17-19.09.

Azores Rallye (Portugalia)

09-11.10.

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

06-08.11.

Rally Hungary (Węgry)

03-05.12.

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)