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P1 Racing Fuels ready to support ERC Rally di Roma Capitale crews

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 06:00

P1 Racing Fuels, the FIA European Rally Championship’s Official Fuels Partner, is ready to support crews contesting the season-opening Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July.

The specialist in high-performance fuels will offer high-quality fuels and service from its dedicated area within the refuel zones at the event service park in Fiuggi and Ceprano.


P1 Racing Fuels is taking orders for the following products:


*RON98: A fuel mandatory for ERC3 Junior competitors but not available from fuel stations in Italy (in Fiuggi). This fuel is accessible to all competitors (not only ERC3 Junior) at the same price.
*102Pro: A higher-performance fuel available at a special promotional price for Rally di Roma Capitale
*XR5: The top-level performance fuel from P1 Racing Fuels, developed for Rally2 (formerly R5) cars.


The deadline for placing fuel orders is Monday 13 July at 08h00 CET. And more information, including pricing details, order forms and terms and conditions can be found at this link:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehKF0IBk8fMTLTZT_ec53VXI4yPI13HLLNF1-XSkjcBb0r0A/viewform?fbzx=5056609461598903915


Meanwhile, the P1 Racing Fuels Podium Challenge is confirmed for 2020. Run for the first time during the 2019 ERC season finale on Rally Hungary last November, the top three finishers on every ERC1 and ERC2 round will receive fuel vouchers that can be exchanged for P1 XR5 race fuel at subsequent events, thereby helping competitors to further reduce the cost of competing.


Across both categories, winning drivers will be entitled to 150 litres of fuel, while second and third placed drivers will receive 100L and 50L of the product respectively.


Full challenge details are available here: P1 Racing Fuels Podium Challenge rules.

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Crugnola stakes claim for ERC glory with national rally win

Sun, 07/05/2020 - 06:00

The driver who won all but three stages on last year’s Rally di Rome Capitale has underlined his potential as a contender for victory on the FIA European Rally Championship season-opener later this month.

Despite strong competition, ERC3 Junior graduate Andrea Crugnola was quickest on 13 out of 16 stages around Rome last year but was denied the outright win following a puncture.

On yesterday’s Rally Internazionale del Casentino, the traditional warm-up to Rally di Roma Capitale, Crugnola and co-driver Pietro Ometto were fastest on six of the seven stages in their Pirell-equipped Citroën C3 R5 and took first place in the final order by more than 20s.

“The level was very high, I tried to drive at my pace to work ahead of Rally di Roma Capitale,” said Crugnola. “We worked on the car, using settings which perhaps were not always the fastest ones but we did some choices to prepare ourselves for the forthcoming season.”

He continued: “I was fighting for the win three years ago and now I made it. It’s definitely a good start with the Citroën C3, I like it a lot and it suits my driving style. We still have some margin but in my opinion the car has a great potential. Also, the Pirelli tyres were great as always, we had no problems despite [the] great heat. I am very happy, it’s a great way to restart for national rallying.”

Andrea Crugnola was speaking to Gianluca Nataloni of Rallylink.it. Visit FIAERC.com for details on how the other ERC regulars fared

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ERC refresher: how points will be scored in 2020

Sat, 07/04/2020 - 06:00

A new points-scoring system will be used in the FIA European Rally Championship from this season.

On all rounds of the ERC, points will be allocated to the top 15 classified finishers as follows:



Pos
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15


Pts
30
24
21
19
17
15
13
11
9
7
5
4
3
2
1



Bonus points, which are rewarded in part to encourage drivers who fail to finish a leg to restart on the subsequent leg, will be allocated to the top five finishers at the end of each leg as follows:

First: 5 points
Second: 4 points
Third: 3 points
Fourth: 2 points
Fifth: 1 point

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ERC Junior Molle hopes to get on a roll with pre-Roma rally

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 06:00

Amaury Molle has the opportunity to gain an edge over his FIA ERC3 Junior Championship rivals when he contests Rally Internazionale del Casentino tomorrow (Saturday).

The non-spectator event, which signals the resumption of rallying in Italy as COVID-19 restrictions ease, is a traditional curtain-raiser to Rally di Roma Capitale, with stages located west of where the European championship opener is set to take place from 24-26 July.

Belgian promise Molle, who will contest the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category in a Delta Rally Peugeot 208 R2 alongside co-driver Florian Barral this season, said: “We are really impatient to get back behind the wheel of our 208 R2 after several months without driving. In order to be ready in the best possible conditions, we have decided to participate in the Rally del Casentino, which will allow us to regain our rhythm and garner a maximum of kilometres behind the wheel of this car.”

ERC stage winner and former ERC3 Junior title contender Andrea Crugnola is the top seed for the event in a Citroën C3 R5. ERC2 contender Dmitry Feofanov and Rachele Somaschini, who is mounting and ERC3 campaign in 2020, are also on the sizeable entry.

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Orsak trio get ready for ERC action

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 21:00

Erik Cais, Dennis Rådström and Adrienn Vogel continued their preparations for the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season with a test in Czech Republic today.

The Orsák Rallysport trio were in action on the Barak test road between Vizovice and Loučka, which featured on the Barum Czech Rally Zlín route in 1980s and 1990s.

Cais, Rådström and Vogel (are due to contest the ERC season-opening Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July. Before then, however, they are set to tackle the Czech championship Rally Bohemia 10-12 July.

Photo: Martin Husár

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Fourmaux tells ERC The Stage: I’ll be making my European championship debut with M-Sport in Rome

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 19:30

Adrien Fourmaux used his appearance on ERC The Stage tonight (Wednesday) to announce his participation on the opening round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship, Rally di Roma Capitale.

Frenchman Fourmax, 25, will pilot a Ford Fiesta R5 MKII on the asphalt event, which is scheduled to take place from 24-26 July using stages southeast of the Italian capital.

Further appearances in this year’s ERC are being considered, including next month’s Rally Liepāja, as part of M-Sport’s plans to showcase its latest-generation, Rally2-specification Fiesta in the highly competitive regional championship promoted by Eurosport Events and administered by the FIA.

“It will be my first time in this championship and it’s a great opportunity for me and to prove the car is good and we have the pace,” Fourmaux told ERC The Stage, the online talk show from the FIA European Rally Championship. “I don’t know the rally so it will be a big challenge but I like that. Last year I discovered the World Rally Championship and it will be the same in the ERC because I don’t know the stages, the rallies and the competitors.

“On Rallye Monte-Carlo this year we saw in some stage we are quite good with good pace so we are quite confident on Tarmac, especially in Roma, which I think is similar to [stages] in the south of France. We want to achieve a podium for sure, if I could fight for the victory then I will be really happy. We are considering some extra events in ERC, maybe Rally Liepāja, but let’s see what happens after Roma.”

Fourmaux’s inclusion on the ERC driver roster for the first time creates further intrigue and excitement following a raft of announcements during the build-up to the 2020 season, which is set to challenge competitors and thrill fans over a six-event schedule.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “It’s great to welcome yet another very talented driver to the ERC for 2020. We’ve followed Adrien’s impressive progress from afar and we have no doubt that he will prove his talent against a strong list of rivals. By entering the ERC, Adrien will benefit from the extensive media exposure and a competitor-focused experience on offer, plus a high level of professional organisation and promotion.”

After winning the French federation’s (FFSA) Rallye Jeunes talent-search scheme in 2016, Fourmaux won the French Junior title in 2018. The achievement earned him a drive on Rallye Monte-Carlo in 2019 where Fourmaux belied his lack of experience by finishing second in class in a sensational P10 overall. He’s fifth in this season’s World Rally Championship 2 category after making two appearances alongside Belgian co-driver Renaud Jamoul.

M-Sport will make further announcements about its Rally di Roma Capitale plans in due course.

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ERC Barum Czech Rally Zlin update

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 15:00

Organisers of Barum Czech Rally Zlín have published a statement from the event Clerk of the Course Miroslav Regner.

The statement is available by clicking here.

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Polonski, Vita to star on ERC The Stage tonight

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 12:00

Dariusz Poloński and Mattia Vita will join a mystery special guest driver from the FIA World Rally Championship on ERC The Stage tonight.

The online talk show from FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events is available from 18h30 CET with Abarth Rally Cup driver Poloński appearing alongside ERC3 Junior runner Vita virtually.

The mystery special guest driver from the world championship will announce his participation on Rally di Roma Capitale, which will also be his ERC debut.

Co-hosted by Julian Porter and Chris Rawes, ERC The Stage is available as follows:

Facebook.com/FiaEuropeanRallyChampionship/

or Youtube.com/user/FIAERC

 

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Barum Czech Rally Zlin organisers grateful for ERC event support, hoping for more

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 06:00

Barum Czech Rally Zlín organisers are still searching for more financial support to make the planned 50th anniversary event one of the highlights of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season.

Scheduled to take place from 28-30 August as the third event of the ERC season, Clerk of the Course Miroslav Regner instigated a fund-raising campaign last week to help make up a financial shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It's great that during only five days from launching this collection there have been gathered more than 550,000 CZK,” said Regner. “We thank everyone who have helped us. However, to fill the budget properly, we still miss 3,000,000 CZK, but we are still optimistic and believe that we [can] secure the whole amount before [the] 1 July [deadline].”

To donate, to the Barum Czech Rally Zlín fund-raising appeal go to:

5886761329/0800
IBAN: CZ28 0800 0000 0058 8676 1329
BIC (SWIFT): GIBACZPX

 A transparent account is available here.

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ERC Abarth Rally Cup 2020 updated schedule

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 15:00

Confirmation that the Azores Rallye will be included on the 2020 Abarth Rally Cup schedule restores the calendar to six events with four on asphalt and two on gravel.

The planned 2020 Abarth Cup calendar, which is made up exclusively of FIA European Rally Championship events, is as follows:

Rally di Roma Capitale (asphalt), 24-26 July
Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel), 14-16 August
Barum Czech Rally Zlín (asphalt), 28-30 August
Azores Rallye (gravel), 17-19 September
Rally Hungary (asphalt), 6-8 November
Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt), 26-28 November

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Awesome Azores for ERC Abarth Rally Cup

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 14:00

One of international rallying’s most spectacular events is set to provide Abarth Rally Cup drivers with an exhilarating adventure with confirmation of the Azores Rallye as the penultimate event of the FIA European Rally Championship-based series.

Scheduled to take place from 17-19 September, the Azores Rallye is expected to form round five of the six-event Abarth Rally Cup, which is part of the ERC for a second season and offers a round-by-round prize fund of €30,000, plus an end-of-season cash prize of the same amount to the eventual champion.

Based on the mid-Atlantic Ocean archipelago’s largest island of São Miguel, the Azores Rallye turns 55 in 2020, albeit a few months later than originally listed due to the coronavirus pandemic forcing the planned running back in March to be postponed. It replaces 77th Rally Poland on the Abarth Rally Cup schedule after that event was rescheduled to 2021.

Breath-taking stages await Abarth Rally Cup aces
The Azores Rallye’s stages criss-cross breath-taking scenery and lush countryside and are characterised by their sandy surface and narrow and undulating nature. And because the timed tests are often no wider than the width of a car, there is simply no margin for error, particularly on the Sete Cidades test along the rim of a volcanic crater lake. Changeable weather is also a factor with sunshine, showers and fog.

Abarth Rally Cup 2020 updated schedule
The Abarth Rally Cup will feature six events in 2020 with four on asphalt and two on gravel as follows:

Rally di Roma Capitale (asphalt), 24-26 July
Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel), 14-16 August
Barum Czech Rally Zlín (asphalt), 28-30 August
Azores Rallye (gravel), 17-19 September
Rally Hungary (asphalt), 6-8 November
Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt), 26-28 November

Watch the video
As they wait the start of the 2020 Abarth Rally Cup season, Luca Napolitano, Head of EMEA Fiat & Abarth Brands, and Jean-Baptiste Ley, ERC Co-ordinator, appear on a new video, which is available here: https://youtu.be/jgacGOG8U0w

The Abarth Rally Cup regulations are available here: Abarth Rally Cup 2020 sporting regulations V3

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Dinkel revs up for ERC1 Junior action with Austria test and new co-driver

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 06:00

Dominik Dinkel’s FIA ERC1 Junior Championship bid is go after the German talent completed a trouble-free test in Austria recently.

At the wheel of a brand-new Rally2-specification Škoda Fabia R5 Evo from ROMO- Motorsporttechnik, Brose-backed Dinkel covered almost 120 kilometres as he prepared for the season-opening Rally di Roma Capitale, which is scheduled to take place from 24-26 July.

The test also marked the start of a new partnership with Austrian Ursula Mayrhofer taking over co-driving duties Christina Fürst. Dinkel’s long-term co-driver is taking a break from competing to have a baby.

"I rate the first test after the long corona-forced break absolutely positive,” said Dinkel, who was in action on a 3.5-kilometre test stage. “Together with the ROMO team, we have made real progress, especially in the braking and handling of the Brose-Škoda.

“The collaboration with Ursula Mayrhofer worked out right away. I would like to thank Christina Fürst, who has done an absolutely top job as my co-driver over the last four years, once again for the great and successful time we spent together. Of course, she will remain a member of the Brose Rally Team even during her baby break.

"It is a really good feeling to know that all sponsors and my patron Michael Stoschek are firmly behind me right now. I would like to thank them for their trust, which I would like to return with good results.”

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Moments that made ERC Rally Poland perfect: 2019

Sun, 06/28/2020 - 06:00

On its second year back in the FIA European Rally Championship, 76th PZM Rally Poland was one to remember as Alexeys Lukyanuk and Arnautov scored a long-overdue first win in their Saintéloc Citroën C3 R5.

During the weekend when the 77th running of the famous gravel event was originally scheduled to take place, here’s a reminder of how the Russian duo came out on top on 30 June 2019.

Taking the lead from Hyundai Motorsport N’s ERC3 Junior graduate Jari Huttunen after stage two on Saturday morning, Lukyanuk didn’t look back, despite a handful of issues, winning by 59.8s with Łukasz Habaj taking third to maintain his ERC title advantage, albeit by 11 points over new second-place driver Lukyanuk.

After a broken damper and puncture on Saturday caused only a minor delay, another puncture occurred when Lukyanuk hit a rock on the Sunday morning pass of Gmina Mragowo.

His lead was reduced but he still remained out front and from there he was untouchable, winning the remaining four stages to cement his first win of 2019 and his ninth in the ERC.

“It’ a long-awaited result,” Lukyanuk said. “It should come straight away from Azores, but some bad luck happened. Now it's like a revenge against fate. We still had some moments, some close moments from the car and from the road also but we survived them.”

Huttunen’s return to the European championship was equally as successful as his appearance on this event last year, repeating his second-place finish with a factory-supported Hyundai i20 R5.

Conscious that Lukyanuk was keen to get his first win of 2019 on the board, Huttunen played it safe and made sure he secured second place.

Championship leader Habaj (Sports Racing Technologies) added another podium to his impressive 2019 trophy cabinet, limiting his points loss to Lukyanuk to ensure he would leave his home event still top of the ERC standings, 11 points ahead of Lukyanuk.

Habaj overhauled ERC1 Junior star Miko Marczyk (ŠKODA Polska Motorsport) for fourth place early on Sunday morning and then took third when Filip Mareš (ACCR Czech Rally Team) picked up a right-rear puncture on stage 12.

Despite losing nearly a minute, Mareš still secured victory in the ERC1 Junior category and fourth place overall, putting him into class title contention as Chris Ingram (Toksport WRT) retired on the road section between SS13 and SS14 with a water leak.

Aron Domżała (TGS Worldwide) scored his first ERC top five finish aboard his ŠKODA Fabia R5. The cross-country regular had been battling Habaj earlier on but fell back during leg two. Co-driven by three-time ERC champion Jarek Baran, Domżała was able to drive to the finish without drama when nearest rival Hiroki Arai (Team STARD) rolled out of the rally on the morning pass of Uzranki.

Tomasz Kasperczyk (Tiger Energy Drink Rally Team) mounted a strong comeback to finish sixth after starting leg two down in P11. He benefitted from Arai’s retirement and also Marijan Griebel’s off just 2.5 kilometres from the end of the rally, but also passed Mattias Adielsson (Sweden National Team), Norbert Herczig (MOL Racing Team) and Marczyk during leg two.

Adielsson had been set to finish sixth until a broken front differential left him with only rear wheel drive, though Griebel’s crash meant the he was given a notional time for the final stage and clung on to seventh by 0.1s from Herczig.

Despite the last-minute issues Adielsson also wrapped up a first ERC1 Junior podium finish, ahead of Marczyk, who completed the class top three and finished ninth overall. Marczyk had been running fourth overall behind Habaj on Sunday morning but lost nearly three minutes when he stopped to change a puncture on SS12.

The spate of late retirements promoted Kacper Wróblewski into the top 10 on the final stage, scoring an ERC championship point on his first ever gravel rally in a four-wheel drive car. Juan Carlos Alonso won ERC2, Andrea Nucita secured top Abarth Rally Trophy honours, while Ken Torn made it two ERC3 and ERC3 Junior wins in succession.

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Moments that made ERC Rally Poland perfect: 2018

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 06:00

Rally Poland returned to the FIA European Rally Championship in 2018 after a short break. On the weekend when the 77th running of the famous gravel event was originally scheduled to take place, here’s a reminder of how the battle for victory was decided on 23 September of that year.

Nikolay Gryazin secured his second career FIA European Rally Championship victory on PZM 75th Rally Poland, fending off Jari Huttunen and strengthening his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 title challenge in the process.

Co-driven by Yaroslav Fedorov in a Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5, the Pirelli-equipped Gryazin and ERC Junior Under 27 graduate Huttunen were locked in an epic tussle throughout leg two. And with no championship aspirations to worry about, the young Finn went flat out to catch the rally leader.

Huttunen won all three afternoon stages, unleashing the shackles on his Hyundai i20 R5. A 10-second time penalty for late check-in to SS14 undid his progress but failed to dampen his determination, driving on the ragged edge and finishing with a rear-left puncture, broken bumper and spoiler from his final push.

Although he won the rally-closing Baranowo test by 4.6s, Huttunen fell short of victory with Gryazin securing top spot by 8.3s. Huttunen settled for second.

Young stars in R5 cars dominated the top positions, with Chris Ingram scoring his first overall ERC podium in third. He escaped the clutches of ERC Junior U28 rival Fabian Kreim over the course of leg two for second in class, the Toksport WRT and ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland pilots separated by 17.3s at the finish. Though unable to challenge Ingram, Kreim still secured an ERC Junior U28 podium and fourth overall.

ERC Junior U28 debutant Miko Marczyk held off a late challenge from Polish championship rival Łukasz Habaj to score a sensational top-five finish for ŠKODA Polska Motorsport. The prodigious young talent has only two years’ rallying experience and had covered less than 200 competitive kilometres on gravel before the start. Yet he resisted pressure from both sixth placed Habaj and Grzegorz Grzyb in seventh with Grzyb taking the Polish title for the second time in his career.

ACCR Czech Team’s Filip Mareš successfully pulled away from and then held fellow ERC Junior U28 competitor Tomasz Kasperczyk at bay for eighth overall and fifth in ERC Junior U28. It was a strong result for Mareš, taking part in his first gravel rally in an R5-specification car. Despite a trip through a garden on Saturday morning, road sweeping today as first on the road and even rolling his car over this afternoon, Norbert Herczig brought his MOL Racing Team Fabia home P10.

Mārtiņš Sesks took the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 title spoils despite crashing out of the Pirelli-supported category for a second day. Tom Kristensson gave the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team double cause for celebration with the class win ahead of Rally Team Spain's Efrén Llarena. Marcin Słobodzian won ERC2 for Subaru Rally Team Poland.

With his first ERC title effectively in the bag before the start, the event should have become a high-speed lap of honour for Alexey Lukyanuk. But oversteering entering a fast left on stage three, the Russia ended up off-line over the following jump, landing wide and whacking the right rear of his Russian Performance Motorsport Ford Fiesta off a tree and retiring, fortunately without injury to either he nor co-driver Alexey Arnautov.

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Psychological advantage? ERC drivers who’ve managed to rally in 2020

Fri, 06/26/2020 - 15:00

With the COVID-19 pandemic leading to multiple event cancellations, the majority of FIA European Rally Championships will be far from ‘match-fit’ when Rally di Roma Capitale hosts the ERC season opener as scheduled from 24-26 July.

But some drivers did manage to rally before lockdown measures took hold in March, while others have been able to schedule practice events since. Here’s a summary:

Pep Bassas: Took a class win in an impressive eighth overall on Rallye Tierras Altas de Lorca in Spain from 6-7 March, which he entered under the Rallye Team Spain banner.

Craig Breen (pictured): After finishing seventh overall on Rally Sweden in February, the Team MRF Tyres driver headed to Finland where he secured a podium on the SM Itäralli in a Hyundai i20 R5 at the end of that month.

Erik Cais: Placed a fine third on Rallye Tierras Altas de Lorca. He’s scheduled to contest Rally Bohemia as a Roma warm-up next month in his YACCO ACCR Team Ford Fiesta R5 MKII.

Callum Devine: The Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy star drove his Hyundai i20 R5 to third on the Fivemiletown Rally in Northern Ireland on 22 February, a gravel event that had been intended as practice for the postponed Azores Rallye.

Dmitry Feofanov: Russian Feofanov prepared for his ERC2 campaign with an outing on January’s Arctic Lapland Rally in freezing Finland.

Emil Lindholm: Team MRF Tyres’ Flying Finn managed four winter rallies before lockdown and won two of them outright. He also scored a podium on Sweden’s world round.

Niki Mayr-Melnhof: The former Austrian champion got his first rallying fix of 2020 by finishing in sixth position on the asphalt-based Kisvaszar Rally in Hungary from 13-14 June.

Dennis Rådström: A new ERC3 Junior recruit from Sweden, Rådström took a class victory on his home round of the World Rally Championship on 16 February.

Rachele Somaschini: The Italian will start her first ERC campaign with appearances on Rallye Monote-Carlo and the gravel-based Rally della Val d’Orcia on 23 February, where she won the R3T category.

Simone Tempestini: After winning the Winter Rally Covasna Metalubs on 2 February, Tempestini is contesting this weekend’s Raliul Argeşului Catena in his native Romania.

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Revealed: ERC Rally Liepaja’s key numbers

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 18:00

With Rally Liepāja organisers gearing up to host round two of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship from 14-16 August, here are the event’s key numbers.

10: Rally Liepāja 2020 is set to feature 10 high-speed gravel stages around the cities of Liepāja and Talsi in western Latvia.

180.51: The scheduled competitive distance is an action-packed 180.51 kilometres.

12: The eighth Rally Liepāja will get underway from Talsi Airfield, Ģibuļi Parish, at 12h00 local time on Saturday 15 August.

15: However, before then, from 15h00-17h15 local time on Friday 14 August, the first timed action takes place with Free Practice in the Grobiņa Parish followed by the Qualifying Stage from 17h30.

25.97: There’s no such thing as an easy start on Rally Liepāja: the opening special stage is a mammoth 25.97 kilometres in length.

28.02: However, SS4, which is scheduled to bring the opening day’s action to a close, will be even longer, measuring a whopping 28.02 kilometres.

5.58: SS9, the penultimate stage of Rally Liepāja, is the shortest at 5.58 kilometres.

93.15: At 93.15 kilometres, leg one of Rally Liepāja is the event’s longer leg with leg two covering a distance of 87.36 kilometres.

2: As well as counting for FIA European Rally Championship points, Rally Liepāja forms part of the Latvian Rally Championship (LRC) and FIA Baltic Rally Trophy.

1: Only one driver, Nikolay Gryazin, has won Rally Liepāja on more than one occasion. The other winners, including Craig Breen and Esapakka Lappi, have triumphed once only.

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ERC Rally Liepaja organiser and WRC Promoter conclude combined ERC/WRC event discussions

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 15:30

RA Events and WRC Promoter have concluded their discussions over the possible inclusion of Rally Liepāja on the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship calendar alongside the existing FIA European Rally Championship event.

While there was interest from both parties and the support of Eurosport Events, the ERC promoter, for a combined rally, RA Events will now focus its efforts on making the planned second round of the ERC season from 14-16 August a huge success.

“Firstly, we thank WRC Promoter for recognising ERC Rally Liepāja as an event worthy of inclusion in the WRC. This is great testament to the work we have done since 2012 when we started preparations for the first Rally Liepāja in 2013. We also thank the FIA and Eurosport Events for their assistance,” comments Raimonds Strokšs, RA Events director.

“In these past few days we have done an enormous job. We have shown to the WRC Promoter that we and the whole of Latvia are not afraid to work hard and accept a challenge as massive as organising a WRC event in such a short amount of time. However, due to various reasons, it has been agreed that the ERC Rally Liepāja will not be a new addition to the revised WRC calendar this year.

“We want to thank the Government of Latvia, our rally host cities, our partners, media and every single one of the rally enthusiasts for the trust they showed and support they provided. But we have to remember that Latvia and ERC Rally Liepāja were offered a unique opportunity. We were a step away from finding an agreement to host a WRC rally in the Baltics for the first time, and we are yet to find out what opportunities this might lead to in future.

“But over the last few weeks we never stopped working on preparing for the second round of the FIA ERC season and we can’t wait to deliver another hugely successful edition of our rally, which has always been our objective.”

Rally Liepāja will feature high-speed gravel stages around the cities of Talsi to Liepāja. For more information on Rally Liepāja, including entry details and regulations, go to: http://2020.lvrally.com/eng/documents

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ERC Junior Marczyk: Just 10 more days to wait

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 06:00

Miko Marczyk, who will chase success in the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship in 2020, hopes his long wait to get back behind the wheel of a rally car will be over within 10 days.

Marczyk hasn’t experienced the thrill of driving a Rally2 car since a one-day test on gravel in March.

But with lockdown measures easing across Europe, the ORLEN Team driver is hoping to get the chance to test the Kresta Racing Škoda Fabia R5 Evo he will use in the 2020 ERC within 10 days.

“My last rally was in December, Rajd Barbórka, small rally in Warsaw but just 20ks,” the reigning Polish champion explained on ERC The Stage, the online talk show from the FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events. “But my last big rally was in September so a very long break. In March we had a one-day test on gravel preparing for the Azores but we were not in the Azores [after it was postponed] and now I’m waiting, really waiting, hoping to be in a rally car in 10 days.”

Marczyk is pictured safely parked up in his road car to make his guest appearance on ERC The Stage. He's set to begin his ERC campaign on Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July.

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“We can’t make it without you”, ERC Barum Czech Rally Zlín’s Regner launches fundraising appeal

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:45

Miroslav Regner has been involved in the organisation of Barum Czech Rally Zlín for 46 years. He explains why the FIA European Rally Championship counter needs extra support in order for the landmark 50thanniversary decision to go ahead.

“We have been intensively thinking whether to do this step. To say it frankly: 'We can't make it without you'. We have reached a breakpoint, when we have to decide whether we are able to run the anniversary 50th Barum Czech Rally Zlín this year as planned or we postpone it until 2021. The time is running fast. By the end of this month we have to do the final decision either to launch the most intensive and demanding preparation phase heading to the August 2020 or to leave it for the next year. So only about a week is currently remaining and the last chance, how to save the situation, is now at you, our Barum Rally fans and spectators.

“For the anniversary 50th edition of the Barum Rally we originally planned many special events and attractions to make this rally extraordinary and unforgettable. But only few weeks with coronavirus were enough to change the plans completely from the ground. The Barum Rally is now fighting for its future life. From the sporting point of view the upcoming edition could be truly special – in WRC events are being cancelled one by another and many drivers are daily asking whether they can compete in ERC, because this series is one of few international championship which have already stabilised its calendar despite various necessary coronavirus arrangements.

“Unfortunately, this pandemic also deeply affected the economics of our rally and many of its partners. Therefore, our last chance is to recourse to you, rally fans. It is you who year by year make the great atmosphere along the stages, at the city super special stage, in the service park or at the start and finish ceremonies. You are the spice of the Barum Rally, so even when the pandemic burst out we didn't think a single minute of running the rally without your attendance. But right now, we need your help and you can determine the Barum Rally's future. There is currently missing 140,000 euros to fulfil the budget and only limited time to gather this sum. However, we still believe we can save the Barum Rally's 2020 edition.

“Therefore we kindly ask you, our Barum Rally fans, motorsport lovers, competition teams, local citizens who like fast car, companies and businessmen to support the run of the anniversary 50th Barum Czech Rally Zlín – whether it will be held in August 2020 or next year, when the overall situation could be generally more optimistic.”

Watch Miroslav Regner's emotional appeal by clicking here.

For all those able to make a donation, please see details below:

IBAN: CZ28 0800 0000 0058 8676 1329
BIC (SWIFT):
GIBACZPX

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ERC Barum Czech Rally Zlín needs you!

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:30

Barum Czech Rally Zlín organisers are calling on fans to help ensure the event celebrates its 50th anniversary edition this year rather than next.

One of the highlights of the FIA European Rally Championship is scheduled to mark its half-century from 28-30 August.

However, the event is facing a shortfall of €140,000 in order to go ahead as planned and Miroslav Regner, the Clerk of the Course, has launched an urgent appeal which fans and members of the rallying community are being urged to try to support by 30 June, when a decision will be taken to continue with the next preparation phase.

The video is available by clicking here.

For all those able to make a donation, please see details below:

IBAN: CZ28 0800 0000 0058 8676 1329
BIC (SWIFT):
GIBACZPX

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Kalendarz 2020

24-26.07.

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

14-16.08.

Rally Liepaja (Łotwa)

28-30.08.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

17-19.09.

Azores Rallye (Portugalia)

16-18.10.

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

06-08.11.

Rally Hungary (Węgry)

03-05.12.

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)