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Habaj happy with ERC points

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 06:00

This season’s FIA European Rally Championship is already proving to be better for Łukasz Habaj than last based on how the Pole has begun his 2018 campaign.

After a non-finish and non-start from the first two ERC events in 2017, Habaj finished the season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye in seventh place to register his first points of the year.

“I’m really happy to be in the finish because we had quite a lot of problems,” said the Rallytechnology-run driver. “The rally was much tougher for us and the competition was hard but we kept trying.”

Habaj’s issues included a powersteering glitch on the opening day, a puncture and a mistake on the second pass of Sete Cidades, which cost 20 seconds.

ERC NEWSLETTER 10-18

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 00:19

With Rally Islas Canarias starting in a litle more than 20 days, here's a recap on some of the latest developments in the FIA European Rally Championship.

ERC Junior Loubet impresses on world run

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 07:00

FIA ERC Junior Under 28 contender Pierre-Louis Loubet impressed on his home round of the world championship in Corsica last weekend, twice setting the second fastest time in his category alongside co-driver Vincent Landais.

Although a mistake on stage eight prevented Loubet from completing the entire rally route, the Team OSCARO driver’s performance on the penultimate stage of Tour de Corse was particularly noteworthy with the stage covering a mammoth 55 kilometres.

"We are happy with the performance of the Hyundai i20 and our feeling with the car is improving," said Loubet. “I am sorry for the mistake, but I am sure we will have a lot of satisfaction starting from the next race valid for the ERC on the Canary Islands from 3-5 May.”

ERC Junior Loubet impresses on world run

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 06:00

FIA ERC Junior Under 28 contender Pierre-Louis Loubet impressed on his home round of the world championship in Corsica last weekend, twice setting the second fastest time in his category alongside co-driver Vincent Landais.

Although a mistake on stage eight prevented Loubet from completing the entire rally route, the Team OSCARO driver’s performance on the penultimate stage of Tour de Corse was particularly noteworthy with the stage covering a mammoth 55 kilometres.

“We are happy with the performance of the Hyundai i20 and our feeling with the car is improving,” said Loubet who drives for the BRC Racing Team from Italy. “I am sorry for the mistake, but I am sure we will have a lot of satisfaction starting from the next race valid for the ERC on the Canary Islands from 3-5 May.”

Former ERC champion Kopecký king of the world

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 19:00

Jan Kopecký, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2013, continued his hugely impressive start to his world series campaign with class victory on Tour de Corse, which finished earlier today.

The ŠKODA Motorsport driver won the WRC2 class on Rallye Monte-Carlo in January and took his first win in Corsica alongside co-driver and fellow Czech Pavel Dresler.

Former ERC Junior Fabio Andolfi finished third, while Team OSCARO-backed Pierre-Louis Loubet, who is also contesting this season's ERC Junior Under 28 Championship, finished sixth.

Former ERC champion Kopecký king of the world

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 18:00

Jan Kopecký, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2013, continued his hugely impressive start to his world series campaign with class victory on Tour de Corse, which finished earlier today.

The ŠKODA Motorsport driver won the WRC2 class on Rallye Monte-Carlo in January and took his first win in Corsica alongside co-driver and fellow Czech Pavel Dresler.

Former ERC Junior Fabio Andolfi finished third, while Team OSCARO-backed Pierre-Louis Loubet, who is also contesting this season’s ERC Junior Under 28 Championship, finished sixth.

ERC Rally Islas Canarias info online

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 07:00

Full details of Rally Islas Canarias, round two of the FIA European Rally Championship, are available at the event’s website.

The event itinerary, route map, regulations and more can be found here. Based in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria, the all-Tarmac rally takes place from 3-5 May.

ERC Rally Islas Canarias info online

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 06:00

Full details of Rally Islas Canarias, round two of the FIA European Rally Championship, are available at the event’s website.

The event itinerary, route map, regulations and more can be found here. Based in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria, the all-Tarmac rally takes place from 3-5 May.

Calmer Lukyanuk wants more ERC joy

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 07:00

Alexey Lukyanuk’s will be hoping his more conservative approach will allow him to challenge for a second consecutive victory in the FIA European Rally Championship when action resumes on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

Lukyanuk began his 2018 title bid with an impressive first place on the Azores Airlines Rallye last month and will be a favourite to bag a second successive triumph this season and in Gran Canaria when the Tarmac counter takes place from 3-5 May.

“I tried to suppress my open way to drive, my feelings and my intention to push harder all the time,” said the Russian Performance Motorsport driver. “It was a really tough rally for me having to control myself but everything worked and it paid off. Thank you for the team and sponsors and everybody who supports us. We’ll keep going like this I hope.”

Lukyanuk claimed an emphatic victory on Rally Islas Canarias last season. Although injuries sustained in a testing crashed ruled out his participation on the next two events, his latter campaign was undone by a spate of non-finishes, which has promoted a calmer approach for 2018.

Calmer Lukyanuk wants more ERC joy

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk will be hoping his more conservative approach will allow him to challenge for a second consecutive victory in the FIA European Rally Championship when action resumes on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

Lukyanuk began his 2018 title bid with an impressive first place on the Azores Airlines Rallye last month and will be a favourite to bag a second successive triumph this season and in Gran Canaria when the Tarmac counter takes place from 3-5 May.

“I tried to suppress my open way to drive, my feelings and my intention to push harder all the time,” said the Russian Performance Motorsport driver. “It was a really tough rally for me having to control myself but everything worked and it paid off. Thank you for the team and sponsors and everybody who supports us. We’ll keep going like this I hope.”

Lukyanuk claimed an emphatic victory on Rally Islas Canarias last season. Although injuries sustained in a testing crashed ruled out his participation on the next two events, his latter campaign was undone by a spate of non-finishes, which has promoted a calmer approach for 2018.

Zawada gets Hyundai for ERC Junior U28 step

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:00

Aleks Zawada will step up to the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship in 2018 – and this is the car he'll drive.

The Pole had been planning an ERC Junior Under 27 bid having come so close to the crown last season. However, he's switching from his Opel ADAM R2 to a top-of-the-range Hyundai i20 R5 instead with Rally Islas Canarias up first on his schedule.

"An opportunity arose that I just could not turn down," Zawada explained. "The chance to compete in an R5 does not come along often, and it is something that I just had to jump on. It will not be easy but I have to believe in myself and I relish the challenge."

Visit FIAERC.com soon for more on Zawada's dream drive.

 

Zawada gets Hyundai for ERC Junior U28 step

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:00

Aleks Zawada will step up to the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship in 2018 – and this is the car he’ll drive.

The Pole had been planning an ERC Junior Under 27 bid having come so close to the crown last season. However, he’s switching from his Opel ADAM R2 to a top-of-the-range Hyundai i20 R5 instead with Rally Islas Canarias up first on his schedule.

“An opportunity arose that I just could not turn down,” Zawada explained. “The chance to compete in an R5 does not come along often, and it is something that I just had to jump on. It will not be easy but I have to believe in myself and I relish the challenge.”

Visit FIAERC.com soon for more on Zawada’s dream drive.

Hokkanen aims for Canarias ERC boost

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 07:00

Miika Hokkeanen will “come back stronger” when he returns to FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship duty on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

Hokkanen endured what he described as one the “toughest” events he’d ever contested following his Azores Airlines Rallye debut.

Co-driven by Jukka Pasenius, he was unable to go the distance and is already hoping for a change of fortune in Las Palmas.

“It was a very bad rally for us, one of the toughest for me ever,” said the Finn. “On Thursday our engine broke so we had to stay in the stage. In the first stage on Saturday our brake balance was completely to the front and we boil our brakes in the first stage and after that we didn’t have the brake in the front.

“After that it was just surviving so I was not happy. After the problems I have to come back stronger on the next rally.”

Photo: Chris Rawes/RawCast Media

Hokkanen aims for Canarias ERC boost

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 06:00

Miika Hokkeanen will “come back stronger” when he returns to FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship duty on Rally Islas Canarias next month.

Hokkanen endured what he described as one the “toughest” events he’d ever contested following his Azores Airlines Rallye debut.

Co-driven by Jukka Pasenius, he was unable to go the distance and is already hoping for a change of fortune in Las Palmas.

“It was a very bad rally for us, one of the toughest for me ever,” said the Finn. “On Thursday our engine broke so we had to stay in the stage. In the first stage on Saturday our brake balance was completely to the front and we boil our brakes in the first stage and after that we didn’t have the brake in the front.

“After that it was just surviving so I was not happy. After the problems I have to come back stronger on the next rally.”

Photo: Chris Rawes/RawCast Media

Drivers and Teams

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:41
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Kasperczyk gets set for busy 2018 with ERC Junior points

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 07:00

Tomasz Kasperczyk recovered from a roll to finish the Azores Airlines Rallye seventh among the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship contingent – and set up a season of action in Europe and his native Poland.

The Tiger Energy Drink Rally Team driver, co-driven by Damian Syty, crashed on stage nine but was able to continue to service in Ponta Delgada where repairs to his Ford Fiesta R5 ensured he made the finish.

“I was five kilometres from the finish of stage nine when I lost the line and go a little bit too wide on some corners,” Kasperczyk explained. “I was a little bit too wide on the right side and I hit a little something on the rear and then I rolled three or four times. I was really sorry for the guys behind me because I block the stage.

“I was more happy on Saturday because we were driving after our team made a very good yesterday to repair the car, which was very good. On the second Grupo Marques stage I did the third best time, my first top-three stage time in the ERC.

"It was pretty tough weekend for us, but we finish it with a lot of new rally knowledge. We covered the distance of every special stage, which is important as every kilometre brings us vital experience. The Azores Rallye helped us to get into rally mode and check our pace ahead of oncoming challenges, both in the ERC and Polish championship.

“At the end I would like to appreciate the fantastic work by C-Rally, who managed to quickly fix our car after our roll and get us going again.”

Kasperczyk gets set for busy 2018 with ERC Junior points

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 06:00

Tomasz Kasperczyk recovered from a roll to finish the Azores Airlines Rallye seventh among the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship contingent – and set up a season of action in Europe and his native Poland.

The Tiger Energy Drink Rally Team driver, co-driven by Damian Syty, crashed on stage nine but was able to continue to service in Ponta Delgada where repairs to his Ford Fiesta R5 ensured he made the finish.

“I was five kilometres from the finish of stage nine when I lost the line and go a little bit too wide on some corners,” Kasperczyk explained. “I was a little bit too wide on the right side and I hit a little something on the rear and then I rolled three or four times. I was really sorry for the guys behind me because I block the stage.

“I was more happy on Saturday because we were driving after our team made a very good yesterday to repair the car, which was very good. On the second Grupo Marques stage I did the third best time, my first top-three stage time in the ERC.

"It was pretty tough weekend for us, but we finish it with a lot of new rally knowledge. We covered the distance of every special stage, which is important as every kilometre brings us vital experience. The Azores Rallye helped us to get into rally mode and check our pace ahead of oncoming challenges, both in the ERC and Polish championship.

“At the end I would like to appreciate the fantastic work by C-Rally, who managed to quickly fix our car after our roll and get us going again.”

ERC NEWSLETTER 09-18

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 05:16

Here's a recap on some of the latest developments in the FIA European Rally Championship following the season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye.

Gago wants more ERC Junior action

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 07:00

Diogo Gago doesn’t want his winning run in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship to start and finish with his Azores Airlines Rallye success.

Gago completed a late deal to contest the Pirelli-supported category on the spectacular gravel event, which marked the start of the new ERC Junior season.

After winning his class against strong opposition, the Portuguese wants to continue his triumphant start with an outing on next month’s Rally Islas Canarias.

“I get the budget in the last two weeks to do [Azores],” said Gago, who attracted support from M Coutinho for his Azores bid. “It went well so it would be nice to go to Canrias and have the same [result] there. Then if Canarias finishes good we do one more but at the moment there’s no budget so it’s difficult.”

Gago wants more ERC Junior action

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 06:00

Diogo Gago doesn’t want his winning run in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship to start and finish with his Azores Airlines Rallye success.

Gago completed a late deal to contest the Pirelli-supported category on the spectacular gravel event, which marked the start of the new ERC Junior season.

After winning his class against strong opposition, the Portuguese wants to continue his triumphant start with an outing on next month’s Rally Islas Canarias.

“I get the budget in the last two weeks to do [Azores],” said Gago, who attracted support from M Coutinho for his Azores bid. “It went well so it would be nice to go to Canrias and have the same [result] there. Then if Canarias finishes good we do one more but at the moment there’s no budget so it’s difficult.”

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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)