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Avcioğlu an ERC super special(ist) again on Rally di Roma Capitale

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:52

Orhan Avcioğlu has demonstrated his first FIA European Rally Championship stage win on Rally Islas Canarias was no fluke by going third quickest in Rally di Roma Capitale’s opening test.

Turkish driver Avcioğlu, who races for his compatriots at Toksport WRT, held fastest time for much of Friday’s rally-opening superspecial.

Though he was eventually beaten to first by FIA ERC Junior U28 hotshot Nikolay Gryazin and Alexey Lukyanuk, who has won two rallies outright this year, Avcioğlu’s performance once again showed his adeptness in the slow, tricky roads of city superspecials.

"It was a little bit slippy at the start but after that, it went OK for us. It was quite a good run with no problems, so a good start to the rally,” said Avcioğlu.

“It's nice to get a grip for the handbrake turns. I'm going to be using the handbrake a lot [this weekend]."

Avcioğlu starts Saturday’s stages with only a 0.6s deficit to rally leader Gryazin, with 0.7s in hand over fourth placed Grzegorz Grzyb.

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ERC Junior U28’s Åhlin suffers mechanical woe in Rome

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 21:12

FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 28 competitor Fredrik Åhlin faces a nervy wait for Saturday morning’s Rally di Roma Capitale service, as a broken driveshaft ruined his opening stage in the Italian capital.

Exiting one of ACI Roma Arena’s many hairpins, Åhlin spun out of control, smashing through the lightweight barriers marking the course and looped back through the same hairpin once again.

“I think we have a driveshaft problem because the car is rear wheel drive only. We have to and look and see what we can do,” Åhlin told ERC Radio reporter Julian Porter at stage end.

“We can probably make it back to Fiuggi and try and do something in the morning.”

Lightning struck twice in Rome as Italian championship frontrunner Simone Campedelli, who is also competing in ERC this weekend, suffered a near-identical issue, his car’s rear end sliding constantly.

“I broke the driveshaft or rear differential at the fifth hairpin right. I have no chance to fight anymore. It looks like this car is falling down,” he said, referencing engine issues which have plagued his car since Rally San Marino three weeks ago.

Both drivers and their respective teams, CA1 Racing and Orange1 Racing, will have only 15 minutes before Saturday’s stages to repair their cars in morning service.

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Sesks and Wagner tied for ERC Junior U27 lead after first Rome stage

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 20:40

ADAC Opel Rallye Junior protégé Mārtiņš Sesks and Saintéloc Junior driver Simon Wagner share first place in the FIA European Rally Championship’s Junior Under 27 category after Rally di Roma Capitale’s opening stage.

Pulling off a finish most would struggle to choreograph, Sesks and Wagner had been paired together for Friday’s opening stage, a short 1.8 kilometre blast through the two-at-a-time ACI Roma Arena superspecial in Italy’s capital city.

They came across the line together side-by-side in their respective lanes, establishing a 0.8s advantage over Sesks’ team-mate Tom Kristensson in an identical Pirelli-shod Opel ADAM R2.

Wagner had the added difficultly of racing without pace notes, after a break-in to one of Saintéloc’s recce cars left Wagner without his own race suit and his co-driver Gerald Winter without his pace note book.

Efrén Llarena was 1.3s behind Sesks and Wagner, driving his usual Rally Team Spain-prepared PEUGEOT 208 R2.

Mattia Vita began his home round of ERC Junior U27 with fifth fastest time in the Rome city stage, 0.1s faster than ACCR Czech Team’s Dominik Brož and 0.3s ahead of series debutant Sindre Furuseth in seventh place.

Miika Hokkanen was eighth quickest, 5.5s off team-mate Wagner’s pace but 2.7s ahead of next-best Roland Stengg in 9th. ERC Junior U27’s second debutant Sebastian Johansson completed the top 10, 8.s behind Sesks and Wagner.

Catie Munnings had unfortunately suffered the same fate as Wagner, her pace notes and race equipment having been stored in the same vehicle.

Her opening stage was a difficult one, spinning at a hairpin and struggling to reverse. She eventually had to pull over to let Kristensson past due to the short nature of Rome’s superspecial, losing 28.5s to team-mate Wagner.

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Gryazin pips Lukyanuk again for opening ERC Rome stage win

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 19:46

Nikolay Gryazin continued his Qualifying Stage form at Rally di Roma Capitale, beating FIA European Rally Championship frontrunner Alexey Lukyanuk to fastest time in Friday’s rally-opening test.

A clean run through Rome’s tight, twisty opening superspecial earned FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship title contender Gryazin a slim 0.5s advantage over Lukyanuk heading into Saturday’s first full day of action.

Toksport WRT’s Orhan Avcioğlu demonstrated his superspecial skills once again with third fastest time, showing his stage win in Rally Islas Canarias was no fluke by finishing only 0.6s behind Gryazin.

Grzegorz Grzyb piloted his Rufa Sport ŠKODA Fabia R5 to fourth quickest time, 1.3s slower than Gryazin and edging out the Italian championship’s quickest pairing in SS1, two-time Rally di Roma Capitale winner Umberto Scandola and 10-time Italian champion Paolo Andreucci.

Double ERC champion Giandomenico Basso went seventh fastest, 1.9s off Gryazin’s pace and only 0.1s faster than ERC Junior U28 championship leader Fabian Kreim, driving his ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland-prepared Fabia.

ERC championship leader Bruno Magalhães is ninth after ACI Roma Arena’s short 1.8 kilometre burst, with Chris Ingram P10.

Fredrik Åhlin suffered drama when a driveshaft failure left him with only rear-wheel-drive, causing him to spin exiting a hairpin and wiping out a barrier lining the superspecial.

Simone Campedelli suffered a near-identical issue and though he was sliding around as a consequence, kept his car pointing the right way throughout. Åhlin and Campedelli ended P24 and P25 respectively after their mechanical troubles.

Tibor Érdi Jr picked up where he left off in ERC's production category, as the ERC2 points leader went 3.1s faster than nearest rival Sergei Remennik. Juan Carlos Alonso dropped 9.1s to Érdi thanks to a conservative approach, while ERC2 debutant Csaba Juhász is fourth, 11.1s off Érdi's pace.

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Italian legend Andreucci will lead ERC field into Rome battle

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 14:52

10-time Italian rally champion Paolo Andreucci will lead the FIA European Rally Championship field into battle at Rally di Roma Capitale, choosing to start first in the road order for Saturday’s first full day of action.

Andreucci had gone eighth quickest on Thursday’s Qualifying Stage and so earned the right to be the eighth driver to select a starting position.

With half the top 15 starting positions still available, Andreucci selected the honour of leading his rivals into his home ERC round.

Starting behind Andreucci on Saturday morning is ERC championship leader Bruno Magalhães. He chose to start high up the order after struggling with loose gravel being swept onto Thursday’s Qualifying Stage, going only seventh quickest and making his road order selection immediately before Andreucci.

Grzegorz Grzyb will head out third into Saturday’s tests, followed by Qualifying Stage winner Nikolay Gryazin, who used his freedom of choice to pick fourth place in the road order.

Second place in the Qualifying Stage went to Alexey Lukyanuk, who chose to start one position behind Gryazin in fifth. FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship leader Fabian Kreim continued that trend, selecting sixth when picking immediately after Lukyanuk.

A block of fellow ERC Junior U28s followed ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland driver Kreim, as CA1 Sport pair Fredrik Åhlin and Rhys Yates were split by Toksport WRT’s Chris Ingram in seventh, ninth and eighth respectively.

Juuso Nordgren starts P10, ahead of Italian championship frontrunners Giandomenico Basso, who is racing for ERC2 production class regular Zelindo Melegari’s Metiorsport.it team, Orange1 Racing’s Simone Campedelli and ŠKODA Italia Motorsport’s Umberto Scandola in P11, P12 and P13.

PEUGEOT Rally Academy’s Laurent Pellier and ACCR Czech team driver Jan Černý complete Saturday’s top 15 running order.

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Gryazin: ERC Junior U28 glory the goal

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 14:00

Nikolay Gryazin has vowed not to lose track of his main objective on this week’s Rally di Roma Capitale, Italy’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship.

Gryazin is in the battle to win the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 crown and insists the category for young stars in R5 cars is his main focus. That’s despite his fastest outright time on Thursday’s Qualifying Stage, which he completed 0.1s faster than Alexey Lukyanuk, his fellow Russian and an outright title contender.

The target is to try and win the ERC Junior U28 class,” said the Sports Racing Technologies-run 20-year-old. “We have shown some good speed but aren’t quite ready to beat [Alexey] Lukyanuk in a straight fight overall so to try and match him blow for blow could be dangerous. We need championship points and everyone in the U28 class will also be very fast.

“Some of the stages will be the same as last year which should help us. We secured a podium on a similar event [earlier this month] and found an okay set-up with the car, but we hope to find the perfect one for Rome.”

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Campedelli fighting invisible engine problem on ERC return

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 12:00

Orange1 Racing’s Simone Campedelli is facing a tough reintroduction to the FIA European Rally Championship, fighting an engine problem on Rally di Roma Capitale which his team “can’t see”.

Campedelli’s first point-scoring ERC event since Rallye Sanremo in 2013 is already off to a difficult start, after he suffered a lack of power through Thursday’s free practice and Qualifying Stage.

His issues first began three weeks ago on the previous round of the Italian championship and, despite measures to remedy his power problems, Campedelli is still struggling.

“It's a problem that we found at our last rally in San Marino. We changed the engine but we don't have power anymore. It's strange because it's something we can't see,” he said.

It is a stark contrast to 10 months ago, when Campedelli was victorious in the Italian championship classification on this event.

“We will try hard to solve the problem and see if we can make something because we have good memories from here since last year, where we were quite fast.

“Even comparing to the other ERC drivers, we were in the battle.

“We have to remain concentrated on our driving and try to push at maximum speed as well. We'll see what we can do by the end of the weekend.”

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Bernardi saving his ERC3 car for Friday’s first stage

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:00

FIA European Rally Championship ERC3 category frontrunner Florian Bernardi elected to skip Thursday’s Rally di Roma Capitale’s Qualifying Stage, preferring instead to save his equipment for today’s first test.

Rally di Roma Capitale is Bernardi’s second ERC3 appearance this season, following on from a maximum points haul at Rally Islas Canarias in May where he scored a class victory and two fastest leg times.

Bernardi had been third quickest during his first free practice run, but picked up damage during his second run, setting the slowest time of any ERC3 driver.

As a precaution Bernardi and his team elected to skip the Qualifying Stage that followed, taking time to remedy his earlier damage and focus on Friday’s opening test.

He, ERC Ladies' Trophy points leader Emma Falcón and 11 Pirelli-shod rivals from ERC Junior Under 27 will face off against each other for ERC3 glory, starting with a superspecial around ACI Roma Arena from 18h30 CET today.

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Juhász fulfilling a dream with ERC debut

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 07:00

FIA European Rally Championship debutant Csaba Juhász is fulfilling a “dream” by competing in Rally di Roma Capitale, having been inspired by watching Eurosport's television coverage of the championship.

Juhász has three class championship titles under his belt in native Hungary and is making his first foray into international-level rallying, competing in FIA ERC’s production category, ERC2, this weekend.

Having admired ERC from afar through his television set, Juhász was excited to finally be participating in the series, driving his family-run Mistubishi Lancer Evolution X.

"It was my dream to run in the European Rally Championship. We saw it on Eurosport many years ago and now we’re trying it,” said Juhász.

Though he has prior asphalt rallying experience, Juhász’s ERC debut presents an entirely new challenge after 15 years of rallying in his homeland.

When asked if Rally di Roma Capitale’s roads were anything like what he had experience in Hungary, he replied “No, totally different. [It’s] very difficult and very hard. We've done some rallies in Italy but not like this."

Though he has only completed Thursday’s free practice runs and Qualifying Stage so far, Juhász is already keen for more ERC action, with plans in place to attempt another entry this season on Rally Poland, circumstances allowing.

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It’s Friday on ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 06:00

All roads will lead to Rome today when the FIA European Rally Championship descends on the Italian capital.

First up is the start order selection in Rome’s EUR district from 14h00 followed by the ceremonial start at the Castel Saint’Angelo, which is located close to the Vatican.

Drivers will then head off in groups of 10 for a motorised tour of some of Rome’s most famous landmarks. Following behind a police escort they will pass several sites including the Piazza Venezia, Colosseo, Circo Massimo and the Terme di Caracalla before arriving at the Piazza Barcellona in readiness for the opening stage of Rally di Roma Capitale, the ACI Roma Arena test, from 18h30 local time.

Drivers will go in pairs over three laps for a total distance of 1.80 kilometres with thousands of fans expected to follow the action.

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A remarkable 72 hours for ERC2’s Sergei Remennik!

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 19:48

When Sergei Remennik irreparably damaged his car during testing for Rally di Roma Capitale, his team managed a remarkable feat to have him ready for this weekend’s FIA European Rally Championship round.

Russian Performance Motorsport pilot Remennik had wrecked the front left corner of his Mistubishi Lancer Evolution X only three days before Rally di Roma Capitale was set to kick-off.

For many drivers this would mean an early trip home. However, Remennik and co-driver Mark Rozin were aided by a mammoth effort by their team. A new car was sourced, travelling round the clock from approximately 2,500 kilometres away and changing it over from gravel to tarmac specification in time for Thursday’s action.

“My team just managed it. In the next two hours [after my crash] a new car from Latvia [was brought],” explained Remennik.

"They went about 30 hours without sleep to deliver a new car. In the next 16 hours [after delivery] my team replaced all the parts for tarmac spec. This car just finished Rally Estonia and immediately after was delivered here."

Explaining how his accident occurred, Remennik had carried 10km/h extra speed while also braking slightly deeper into a tight corner, leading to his accident.

“As far as I remember, the speed was OK but the corner was too tight!” he remarked jokingly.

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Nordgren plays it safe in Rally di Roma Capitale qualifying

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 19:10

ŠKODA Motorsport protégé Juuso Nordgren took a safety-first approach to Rally di Roma Capitale’s Qualifying Stage, keen to bounce back from a challenging second FIA European Rally Championship outing.

Nordgren has included ERC in his rally programme for 2018 to give him more experience in a variety of challenging conditions, from the rough gravel of EKO Acropolis Rally to Rally di Roma Capitale’s asphalt surface.

Though top finishes have yet to come, Nordgren has already set three fastest stage times in his first pair of ERC rallies. He retired from both EKO Acropolis Rally and Cyprus Rally from excessive tyre wear and accident damage respectively, so clean stages are his highest priority this weekend.

That safety-first approach meant he was only P10 in Thursday’s Qualifying Stage, albeit with potential to go much faster as the weekend progresses.

"[It was] quite difficult. [There was] surprisingly much gravel on the road, so [I was] very cautious in those places,” said Nordgren after his qualifying run.

Nordgren’s Qualifying Stage result means he will be the 10th driver to select a start order position tomorrow, which takes place at 1500 CEST in Rome’s iconic Castel Sant’Angelo.

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New ERC Junior U27s make their mark on Rally di Roma Capitale qualifying

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 18:02

The FIA European Rally Championship’s newest pair of ERC Junior Under 27 competitors, Sindre Furuseth and Sebastian Johansson, have made an immediate impact in their first competitive ERC kilometres.

Furuseth was immediately quick out of the gate aboard his Pirelli-shod Opel ADAM R5, going only 0.1 seconds slower than pacesetter Mārtiņš Sesks – a factory ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver – to set the third fastest time in Thursday’s Qualifying Stage.

“I had one mistake on each free practice but now I finally had a clean run, so I'm really happy,” said Furuseth after his qualifying run.

Though drivers before him had struggled with gravel littering the asphalt stage surface, Furuseth himself was untroubled.

“It was a bit cleaner than I expected actually. It makes it difficult when all the gravel is dragged out, but we had a clean line.”

Fellow ERC Junior U27 rookie Sebastian Johansson was not so fortunate, losing time with an overshoot to put him 22.8s off Furuseth’s third fastest time in his JR Motorsport PEUGEOT 208 R2. Despite his off, he remained in good spirits, his sights firmly set on having an enjoyable ERC debut.

Photo: Chris Rawes

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ERC Junior U28 Gryazin tops Rally di Roma Capitale qualifying by 0.1s

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 17:18

FIA European Rally Championship Junior Under 28 contender Nikolay Gryazin marked his ERC return with the quickest time through Rally di Roma Capitale’s Qualifying Stage, edging out Alexey Lukyanuk by 0.1 seconds.

Having been used for two free practice runs prior to qualifying, gravel had been swept onto the all-tarmac Qualifying Stage, making conditions tricky for everyone.

Sports Racing Technologies driver Gryazin had already started his Rally di Roma Capitale preparations in style, by beating several ERC Junior U28 rivals to second place in Rally Internazionale del Casentino aboard his ŠKODA Fabia R5 last weekend.

Gryazin continued his good form into the Qualifying Stage, which dictates tomorrow’s start selection order, by edging out

Third fastest, 1.5s off Gryazin’s lightning pace was ERC Junior U28 championship leader Fabian Kreim, the ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland prodigy edging out Rufa Sport’s Grzegorz Grzyb by a mere 0.05s.

Further ERC Junior U28 front-runners usurped their more experienced rivals, as Fredrik Åhlin and Chris Ingram went fifth and sixth fastest aboard their respective CA1 Sport and Toksport WRT Fabias, again separated by only 0.05s.

Overall championship leader Bruno Magalhães was seventh fastest in his SEAJETS-backed Fabia, remarking on how an increasing amount of gravel on the roads had changed his approach to his Qualifying Stage attempt.

“I think was good,” said Magalhães of his time at stage end. “The road is dirty in some points. I made a FP in the beginning so I felt a big difference in the road, but the feeling with the car is very good to be honest.”

Local legend Paolo Andreucci was the fastest Italian in eighth place, 2.75s behind Gryazin’s winning time, ahead of ERC Junior U28 competitor Rhys Yates and ŠKODA young talent Juuso Nordgren in ninth and tenth.

Rally Technology driver Łukasz Habaj could only manage the 20th fastest time after a mistake caused a puncture and cracked rim, while Palmeirinha Rally’s Paulo Nobre did not set a time at all, having suffered two broken wheels in free practice beforehand.

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Returning Ingram expects “big fight” with Gryazin in ERC Junior U28

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 15:00

Chris Ingram is expecting a “big fight” with Nikolay Gryazin when he returns to FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship action on Rally di Roma Capitale from today (Thursday).

Ingram was forced to withdraw in the opening stages of Rally Islas Canarias in early May through illness and has only tackled one practice event since.

Not only is the Briton fit again, he’s also ready to take on Russian Gryazin, the class winner in Gran Canaria and armed with considerable more experience in R5 machinery owing to the fact he is able to tackle an expanded schedule of events each season.

“I’m disappointed to have missed Greece and Cyprus [due to illness] but I need to remember this year is my learning year in a four-wheel-drive R5 car,” said the 11 Degrees-backed Toksport WRT driver. “If you compare what I’ve done to the guys I’m competing against it’s mad how many more events and kilometres they’ve done.

“Winning the ERC Junior U28 Championship is the goal and I expect a big fight with Gryazin. If I can get a bit more seat time in the next few months it will help us match him as he’s in the car every other week.

“We did Rally Rally Internazionale del Casentino as a warm-up and I was very rusty for the first three quarters of the day but on the last couple of stages I found that good rhythm again despite taking no risks which was a good sign.

“The stages are mega in Italy, and I think the ERC Junior U28 pace will be right at the front along with [Alexey] Lukyanuk and a bunch of local drivers. A podium in U28 given it’s my first rally back since illness would be a sensible goal for Rally di Roma Capitale.”

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Rally di Roma Capitale Qualifying Stage live on ERC Radio

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 12:00

ERC Radio will broadcast live coverage of the Rally di Roma Capitale Qualifying Stage from 16h15 CET today.

Expert reporters Julian Porter and Chris Rawes will be positioned at the finish of the 4.02-kilometre stage in Fumone close to the event base in Fiuggi to provide instant action and reaction as the leading ERC priority drivers battle for a place in the top 15 to earn the right to take part in the start selection ceremony in Rome tomorrow.

ERC Radio is available at FIAERC.com, the official website for the FIA European Rally Championship, or via the ERC app.

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Kristensson back on ERC Junior duty a winner

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 09:00

Tom Kristensson starts Rally di Roma Capitale tomorrow on a high following a recent class-winning performance in his native Sweden.

Kristensson, last year’s ADAC Opel Rallye Cup winner, claimed division honours on Rally Askersund. And while the event ran on gravel, the result has boosted his confidence ahead of the resumption of FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship action in Italy.

“I can’t wait to tackle Rally di Roma Capitale in my ADAM R2,” said Kristensson, part of the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team. “The roads look really thrilling and could suit my way of driving better than those at Gran Canaria. I expect the stages in Italy to be less ‘racing style’, but a little tougher and trickier.

“I feel well-prepared for the rally as I had some important time in the car doing the Rally Askersund in the beginning of June, so my co-driver Henrik and I as well as the whole ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team are burning for our first podium in ERC Junior U27. I feel it’s time for it now. And apart from that I am looking forward to visit the wonderful city of Rome and hopefully see many of those impressive historic places.”

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It’s Thursday on ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 06:00

The start of Rally di Roma Capitale, round five of the FIA European Rally Championship, is getting closer with the Free Practice and the all-important Qualifying Stage first up.

Free Practice for priority drivers runs from 14h00-16h00 local time on a 4.02-kilometre stage in Fumone close to the event base in Fiuggi.

That’s followed by the Qualifying Stage from 16h30 when drivers battle for a place in the top 15 to earn the right to select their starting positions for the opening leg from tomorrow evening (Friday).

Follow all the action online at FIAERC.com and listen to ERC Radio live from the end of the Qualifying Stage via the ERC app.

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Doubling up: ACCR Czech Team expands in ERC

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 21:00

Dominik Brož can count on some familiar support when he continues his FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship bid on Rally di Roma Capitale from tomorrow (Thursday).

Brož has been the ACCR Czech Team’s lone representative in the FIA European Rally Championship this season but that will change when Jan Černý returns to action in the ERC Junior Under 28 category this week.

But as well as counting on Černý’s experience and advice, Brož heads to Italy on the back of a strong showing on his home event, Rally Bohemia earlier this month.

“After Rally Islas Canarias there was a big break, so we have used Rally Bohemia to be back in the racing rhythm,” said Brož, whose PEUGEOT 208 R2 is equipped with Pirelli tyres. “The event is based in Mladá Boleslav and had 160 kilometres of stages. Rom is a very long and difficult rally, some of the stages are quite similar to the Czech Republic, so we will try to keep our speed from Rally Bohemia and make a good result.”

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Focused Yates expects tough ERC Junior fight

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 18:00

ERC Junior Rhys Yates is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he revs up for his Rally di Roma Capitale debut this week.

The ex-motocross rider has been on impressive form this season with an FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship podium in the Azores and a victory on a national event in Belgium among the highlights.

But he admits it will be tough going to continue that run against tough competition from some of Europe’s elite.

“I must be realistic as some of the best in Europe are competing alongside us but at the same time, I want to be in the mix for a good result,” said the Briton. “I’m keeping my focus purely on the ERC Junior Under 28 fight and I need to find that feeling we had in Wervik [when we won].”

Yates prepared for his Roma debut with an outing on Rally Internazionale del Casentino earlier this month when co-driver Elliott Edmondson was back in action after illness.

“I was pleased with how we got on, but it helped me realise that there is still more to come,” said Yates. “I had to adapt the pacenotes during the event and a puncture meant we dropped a few places, but it was good to back into the groove. It was hard not to push for overall results but it’s not always about being flat out one hundred per cent of the time.”

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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)