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ERC Juniors to drive on five

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 12:00

The FIA ERC1 Junior Championship and Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship will be contested over five all-action rounds in 2020.

With Poland not being replaced the calendar drops from six to five events with competitors counting their best four scores, which will enable them to focus their expenditure on a reduced roster of rallies.

The 2020 ERC1 and ERC3 Junior calendars are 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 Islas Canarias (asphalt), 3-5 December**
**Date subject to FIA approval

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Rally Liepaja gets new mid-August FIA ERC date** as Rally Poland gears up for 100-year celebrations in 2021

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 15:00

Rally Liepāja has been re-scheduled to a mid-August date, while the 77th running of Rally Poland has been put back to 2021 when the event celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Using high-speed stages around the cities of Liepāja and Talsi, Rally Liepāja will take place from 14-16 August** as the second round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season.

Although extensive efforts were made to reschedule Rally Poland after its original date of 26-28 June was no longer achievable due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it was not possible to secure a workable slot on the calendar.

While the event won’t run in 2020, discussions are already underway between organiser PZM (Polish Automobile and Motorcycle Federation) and ERC promoter Eurosport Events to finalise a date on the provisional calendar for 2021, which marks the rally’s centenary year.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “We are very pleased we have found a calendar solution for Rally Liepāja and we thank all those who have made this possible, particularly the FIA. Naturally we are disappointed the ERC won’t be visiting Poland this year, particularly given all the hard work and planning that has been undertaken and the warm welcome we always receive. However, we are already looking ahead to the 77th Rally Poland taking place in 2021 and to joining PZM in celebrating the 100-year milestone, which is a tremendous achievement.

“Our road map since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis has been to keep as much as possible all rallies included on the original calendar. Clearly this remains challenging given the ever-changing situation and the constant need to respect government restrictions. The health and safety of all remains the absolute priority and will never be compromised, after all.

“In the meantime, the thoughts of the ERC family remain with those whose loved ones have passed or have fallen ill as a result of COVID-19. Many jobs have been lost and people are in very challenging situations so it is vitally important that all official advice is followed.”

Raimonds Strokšs, Director of RA Events, Rally Liepāja promoter, said: “These are very changing times we are living right now. A lot of news regarding the world-wide pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus and how countries are responding to control the spread of it, is resulting in rapidly changing circumstances and government sanctions. We as organisers are left in the middle of it – trying to ensure public health, while also finding a way to host a major sports event. As stated before – we are not here to put rally ahead of health and safety of our competitors, spectators, and personnel; thus, together with our partners Eurosport Events, FIA, Government of Latvia, rally cities Liepāja and Talsi, a déjà vu decision has been made to once again reschedule the running of Rally Liepāja to August. It might be just a couple of weeks later, but as there are no long-term decisions, we will try each and every option that is available to host Rally Liepāja in 2020. I would pinpoint that all the parties are working hard to make sure a great Rally Liepāja takes place in Latvia. We will continue our work, consult the experts, and hopefully the situation will normalise and we can all return to on-site rallying. But while we wait that, please follow the guidelines put forth by your local authorities, as that will speed-up the recovery process. Stay safe.”

Michał Sikora, President, PZM, said: “Rally Poland is every year one of the most important, not only motorsport, events on the calendar in our country. Preparations for such a large international competition last almost the whole year, with the rally attracting crowds of fans from Poland and abroad. The rally is an unenclosed event of a mass nature and it is not possible to carry it out when it is difficult to predict when the existing restrictions will be lifted. There is no alternative for safety of competitors and spectators and no compromise in this area. After numerous consultations with our partners, we took the only reasonable decision to postpone the 77th Rally Poland to next year. We have already declared our will to run our rally as a round of the next year's European championship. Mikołajki and the picturesque Masurian Lake District will stay as the venue of the event, which will be the setting of the centenary of our classic rally.”

Poland will not be replaced on the FIA ERC1 Junior and FIA ERC3 Junior schedules, which will now comprise five rounds with competitors counting their best four scores. This will enable them to focus their expenditure on a reduced roster of rallies.

**Date subject to FIA validation

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Preparations continue as Rally di Roma Capitale organisers publish programme for ERC event

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 18:00

Organisers of the FIA European Rally Championship-counting Rally di Rome Capitale have published the programme for their all-asphalt counter, which is scheduled to take place from 24-26 July.

It sets out key timings such as the opening and closing dates for entries (26 May and 8 July respectively) and details the timetable of the rally week from 20 July.

While the ceremonial start is planned for Rome’s spectacular Castel Sant’Angelo on a Friday as in 2019, the seaside resort of Ostia is due to host competitive action on two different days, from 19h30 local time on 24 July and on the final day of the event (26 July).

The town of Fiuggi to the south east of Rome, which is also famous for its natural spring water, is once again the setting of the event headquarters and service park.

Click here to view the timetable or follow this link: https://www.rallydiromacapitale.it/competitors/?lang=en

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What five ERC Junior champions did next

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 06:00

Winners of the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship don’t hang around when it comes to making their next career step. Here’s a reminder of what the first five ERC3 Junior champions did next.

2014: Stéphane Lefebvre
The Frenchman went from winning the ERC3 Junior title in Corsica one week to claiming the world championship equivalent in Great Britain the next. He scored points on his World Rally Car debut the following summer.

2015: Emil Bergkvist
Bergkist finished fourth on his Rally2 debut on the season-closing Rally International du Valais, having clinched the ERC3 Junior crown earlier in the year. After two seasons at Rally2 level in the world championship, Bergvkist returned to two-wheel-drive machinery for 2018 and promptly became the Junior world champion.

2016: Marijan Griebel
This German serving police officer made the most of his ERC3 Junior prize drive with second place in a ŠKODA Fabia on the Cyprus Rally in 2016. He would go on to win the ERC1 Junior title the very next season before claiming the German crown in 2018. He’s also scored points at world level.

2017: Chris Ingram
After beating Jari Huttunen to ERC3 Junior honours on the Rally Liepāja decider in 2017, Ingram narrowly missed out on clinching the ERC1 Junior version on the same event 12 months later. But the Briton made up for that disappointment with the overall title in 2019.

2018: Mārtiņš Sesks
Having belied his lack of experience – particularly on asphalt – to win ERC3 Junior gold in 2018, the Latvian moved up to the Junior world championship for 2019, while also starring on his two ERC3 Junior prize drives, including taking an overall podium on his home event, Rally Liepāja, last May.

And what of the 2019 champion, Efrén Llarena? With the brakes currently on global motorsport due to the coronavirus pandemic, Llarena is waiting for his Rally2 step up and an ERC1 Junior bid in a Rallye Team Spain-supported Citroën C3 R5.

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Uncovered: Feofanov’s ERC2 challenger

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 06:00

This is how Dmitry Feofanov’s Mitsubishi Lancer will look in this season’s FIA European Rally Championship.

Russian Feofanov has registered for ERC2 points in his Prospeed-run machine.

Normunds Kokins has signed up for co-driver duties.

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Introducing… New ERC1 Junior recruit Callum Devine

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 06:00

When the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship gets underway, Callum Devine will be one of the contenders for ERC1 Junior glory in a Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing-supported i20 R5. Here’s what you need to know.

National pride: One of Devine’s main backers is the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy, an initiative established by his national ASN. He is his country’s International Driver of the Year for 2019 after all…

Trophy winner: Devine won the FIA Celtic Trophy in 2019 when he was also a frontrunner in the Irish Tarmac Rally Championship, scoring one event win and two podium finishes.

International experience: The 26-year-old has previous experience at world championship level and made three ERC starts in two-wheel-drive machinery prior to his Rally Hungary outing (see below).

Podium pedigree: Devine already has an outright ERC podium to his name following his fine run to third place on last season’s Rally Hungary.

Keeping busy: When he’s not competing, Devine works in the construction industry.

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The changing faces of Jan Kopecky’s ERC Fabias

Sun, 05/10/2020 - 06:00

Former ERC champion Jan Kopecký is not one for keeping things the same when it comes to the livery of his ŠKODA Fabia rally cars. This is how they’ve looked in the FIA European Rally Championship for the last five years.

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Lightning-fast Latvians of the ERC

Sat, 05/09/2020 - 12:00

Latvia has produced a number of lightning-fast FIA European Rally Championship drivers. Here are five who have what it takes.

Emils Blūms (photo 4)
Blūms came through the same LMT Autosporta Akadēmija scheme that helped to nurture the early careers of compatriots Ralfs Sirmacis and Mārtiņš Sesks (see below). Although his ERC opportunities were limited, Blūms has claimed several four-wheel-drive titles, including last season’s LRC2 crown in Latvia.

Reinis Nitišs (photo 2)
The former FIA World Rallycross Championship star had little trouble adapting to rallying, a fact he emphasised when he won ERC2 on Rally Liepāja in 2017 and placed third in the Abarth Rally Cup on the event 12 months ago.

Mārtiņš Sesks (photo 1)
Liepāja’s very own rallying sensation captured the ERC3 and ERC3 Junior titles during a magnificent 2018 when he also demonstrated that he was as quick on asphalt as he was on gravel. Sesks was a podium finisher on his step up to Rally2 level on his home round of the 2019 ERC, part of his prize for winning the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior award.

Ralfs Sirmacis (photo 3)
Three ERC wins during a standout 2016 season should have signalled career lift-off for this rapid rally star. Sadly, budgetary issues have held him back ever since although he did claim a dominant ERC2 victory on his return to European level on Rally Liepāja last season.

Jānis Vorobjovs (photo 5)
Vorobjovs was the driver to beat in the ERC Production Cup on Rally Liepāja in 2014. His co-driver for the occasion was the highly capable Andris Mālnieks, who has also achieved success with Nitišs and Sesks.

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ERC moments that made… #1: Juan Carlos Alonso

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 06:00

Juan Carlos Alonso will forever be remembered for his capture of the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 title in Cyprus last season alongside co-driver Juan Pablo Monasterolo. Here are five moments that made the ace Argentine.

Strong return: Alonso had been absent from the ERC for two seasons but returned in style with a class win on the 2018 season-opening Azores Rallye.

Bouncing back: After consecutive retirements on Rally Islas Canarias and the EKO Acropolis Rally in 2018, Alonso hit back with a category podium in Cyprus that season.

Hoping for a lucky break: Having endured a largely frustrating 2018, Alonso started 2019 determined to look forward and not back. A second consecutive victory in the Azores provided the perfect boost.

Strong run: Despite retiring from round two, Rally Islas Canarias, Alonso scored a second win in Poland and a class podium on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, where he showed off another quality.

Human side: Rather than reflecting on a job well done at the end of the opening leg in Zlín, Alonso’s main concern was for rivals Zelindo Melegari and Corrado Bonato, who had been hospitalised following their rally-ending crash earlier in the day.

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Former ERC regular Pita takes road safety campaign online

Thu, 05/07/2020 - 06:00

Former FIA European Rally Championship regular Renato Pita is taking his Etapa Segura road safety awareness campaign online in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

From July, Etapa Segura Online will become available with users getting to know more about the project and able to complete multiple exercises and knowledge tests.

According to Pita “we'll be using the platform to share stories from everyday life on the roads, answering questions and giving advice to children and their families about road safety.”

Pita has also vowed to get his Etapa Segura roadshow back in operation once it is safe and practical to do so.

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New logo for ERC Rally Liepaja

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 06:00

Rally Liepāja, the high-speed Latvian gravel contest from RA Events, has an updated logo.

Scheduled as the opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship from 10-12 July, subject to all necessary permissions and approvals, Rally Liepāja joined the ERC roster in 2013 and is based around the cities of Liepāja and Talsi.

The updated logo features a new solid blue background although the event's familiar red and green-coloured symbol remains.

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#RaceAgainstCovid: FIA, governing body of ERC, promotes new Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stay Committed message

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 12:00

In light of the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown measures imposed in many countries, the FIA has decided, together with its partner JCDecaux, to adapt its #3500LIVES Global Road Safety Campaign message and promote only one simple rule: stay home in order to stay safe.

A new social media push featuring the 18 #3500LIVES Global Road Safety Campaign Ambassadors has been launched encouraging everyone to stay home during the pandemic using the hashtags #StayHome as well as #RaceAgainstCovid, which is common for all FIA initiatives related to COVID-19.

The campaign promotes a unified message: ‘Stay Home. Stay Safe. Stay Committed’ and through the continuous support of the #3500LIVES Campaign Ambassadors, the FIA’s #StayHome message has been seen by more than three million people so far.

FIA President Jean Todt said: “When we launched the #3500LIVES Campaign with JCDecaux, our objective was to address the road safety issue that kills daily more than 3,500 people in the world. Today, we have a role to play to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, together with our Campaign Ambassadors. We need to remind all citizens to stay home in order to stay safe during these difficult times. Once again, I would like to thank our Ambassadors for their renewed commitment to overcome this crisis.”

“COVID-19 is a true challenge for humanity which requires a collective response. Together with the #3500LIVES Campaign Ambassadors who act as role models in their respective fields, we have the power to reach millions of people. That’s our responsibility to make good use of this audience and to encourage everyone to stay home in order to stay safe, to fight effectively the virus during the pandemic and to return as soon as possible to the life that is so dear to us,” added Jean-Charles Decaux, Co-CEO of JCDecaux.

The FIA’s #3500LIVES Campaign Ambassadors include Patrick Dempsey, Michael Fassbender, Pharrell Williams and Michelle Yeoh from the world of entertainment, motorsport stars such as Fernando Alonso, Charles Leclerc and Marc Márquez, sporting aces Yohan Blake, Didier Drogba, Haile Gebrselassie, Antoine Griezmann, Vanessa Low, Rafael Nadal and Wayde van Niekerk, plus H.S.H. Princess Charlène of Monaco, Anne Hidalgo.

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Remembering when… ERC did Star Wars

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 12:00

Back in 2018, to mark Star Wars Day (May 4), which coincided with leg one of Rally Islas Canarias, several FIA European Rally Championship drivers appeared in a video produced by the Eurosport Events’ production team.

Click here to find out what happened or follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=N2qQtNWjK_I

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… and with them (ERC pays tribute to all essential workers)

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 06:00

While the start of the delayed FIA European Rally Championship season is keenly anticipated, the ERC community is paying tribute to all the essential workers and for everybody making such a difference during the coronavirus pandemic.

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May the (force) be with them: ERC Juniors to battle

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 06:00

A number of rising talents have registered for the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC1 Junior and ERC3 Junior categories with the prospect of more to follow. Here’s a reminder.

RÅDSTRÖM REVS UP FOR ERC JUNIOR TITLE PUSH
7 January 2020: Dennis Rådström will prove his talent in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2020 after joining forces with Orsák Rallysport for an ERC3 Junior title assault. Co-driven by fellow Swede Johan Johansson, Rådström brings experience and a strong reputation from the FIA Junior World Rally Championship for his first ERC campaign when he will follow in the wheel tracks of compatriots Emil Bergkvist and Tom Kristensson.

DEVINE GETS FULL-SEASON ERC BID WITH IRISH ASN SUPPORT
9 January 2020: Callum Devine is set for a major FIA European Rally Championship campaign with support from his national ASN, Motorsport Ireland. The Irish International Driver of the Year for 2019 will build on his stage and podium-winning performance on last November’s ERC-counting Rally Hungary by contesting all eight rounds of the 2020 season with a focus on the ERC1 Junior title, which will be decided over six events. Powered by a Hyundai i20 R5, Devine 25, and co-driver Brian Hoy, 26, will receive additional support from FYTH, Curran Gate, The Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy and Hyundai Customer Racing.

YOUNG AUSTRIAN CHOOSES ERC TO LANDA EXPERIENCE
3 February 2020: 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.

FROM LEARNING TO COMPETING: PARDO PLOTS ERC3 JUNIOR ASSAULT
14 February 2020: Javier Pardo, one of Spain’s most promising young rally drivers, is FIA European Rally Championship-bound in 2020 after he announced an ERC3 Junior campaign in a Ford Fiesta R2T. Pardo, a graduate of the ERC Junior Experience training programme, has notched up numerous titles in his homeland, including the Spanish Junior Gravel title in 2019.

OPERATION ERC FOR GERMANY’S DINKEL
21 February 2020: Dominik Dinkel has chosen the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship for 2020 in order to “improve his skills” against “very high” competition at Rally2 level. German talent Dinkel, 27, will drive a ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo for ROMO Motorsport alongside compatriot and long-term co-driver Christina Fürst. He will enjoy backing from sponsor Brose and mentor Michael Stoschek, who have supported his rallying since 2012.

NO JOKE BUT A DREAM: BIKER CAIS STEPS UP TO ERC1 JUNIOR
25 February 2020: Erik Cais will step up to Rally2 level in the FIA European Rally Championship – three years after injury forced him to call time on his hugely successful downhill mountain bike racing career. Cais, 20, is swapping the Ford Fiesta R2T he drove to second place in ERC3 and fourth in ERC3 Junior in 2019 for a Ford Fiesta R5 MkII under the Yacco ACCR Team banner.

POLISH CHAMPION MIKO MARCZYK READY TO FLY IN ERC
3 March 2020: National champion Miko Marczyk is preparing to fly in more ways than one when he contests the 2020 FIA ERC1 Junior Championship with backing from Polish oil company PKN Orlen, ŠKODA Polska and Volkswagen Financial Services. Szymon Gospdarczyk, who has co-driven Marczyk since midway through 2017, will continue to serve as a guiding light, while Marczyk’s partnership with Kresta Racing remains in place with the Czech outfit on hand to prepare the Rally2-specification, Michelin-equipped, ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo.

FLYING FINN LINDHOLM RECRUITED AS TEAM MRF TYRES EXPANDS ERC BID
5 March 2020: Promising Finn Emil Lindholm will become the latest young driver to prove their talent in the FIA European Rally Championship after Team MRF Tyres announced an expansion to its ERC-based development programme. The Indian tyre company has chosen the ERC for its return to international competition in 2020, with the combination of asphalt and gravel events ideal for MRF Tyres’ ongoing data gathering and product testing. Lindholm, 23, has been recruited to join Irishman Craig Breen under the Team MRF Tyres umbrella. While Breen will compete in a Hyundai i20 R5, Lindholm will drive a ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo. His fellow Finn, Mikael Korhonen, will co-drive.

TURN UP THE BASSAS! RALLYE TEAM SPAIN SCHOLARSHIP WINNER GRADUATES TO ERC3 JUNIOR
6 March 2020: Pep Bassas will get the opportunity to follow in countryman Efrén Llarena’s wheel tracks by stepping up from national to international level with the full backing of his national federation, RFEDA (Real Federación Española de Automovilismo). Twenty-six-year-old Bassas is joining Rallye Team Spain for an FIA ERC3 Junior Championship bid alongside co-driver Axel Coronado. They will compete in a Mavisa Sport-run, Pirelli-equipped Peugeot 208 R2.

AMAURY AIMS HIGH IN ERC3 JUNIOR
11 March 2020: Amaury Molle will embark on an FIA ERC3 Junior adventure in 2020, joining Delta Rally to drive a Peugeot 208 R2. Molle, a class winner in his homeland, has tried the young driver class for size on two previous occasions but this season will be his first full campaign in the Pirelli-supported category for Rally4 and Rally5 cars. Frenchman Florian Barral will co-drive.

FROM WATCHING TO COMPETING: BOTELHO SECURES DREAM ERC1 JUNIOR ENTRY FOR HOME RALLY
11 March 2020: Rafael Botelho will go from big fan to big chance when the FIA European Rally Championship visits his home island for the Azores Rallye. A native of Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, where the spectacular gravel event is based, Botelho will drive a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for The Racing Factory as he continues his transition from Rally4 to Rally2 level. While his agreement covers the Azores Rallye and the other events that make up his local championship, the 25-year-old is working to secure the budget to contest additional rounds of ERC1 Junior.

IT’S VAMOS TIME AS CHAMPION LLARENA SECURES ERC1 JUNIOR STEP UP IN RALLYE TEAM SPAIN CITROËN C3 R5
12 March 2020: Efrén Llarena will get the chance to prove his talent in Rally2 machinery when he steps up to the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship for 2020. After claiming an ERC3/ERC3 Junior title double in 2019, the 24-year-old has secured a full-season campaign in a Citroën C3 R5 run by Sports&You. He will enjoy the full support of Citroën Racingand the Rallye Team Spain initiative from RFEDA (Real Federación Española de Automovilismo). Sara Fernández will co-drive.

VITA IS BACK: ITALIAN JUNIOR AIMS FOR ERC GLORY
18 March 2020: Mattia Vita says he has unfinished business in the FIA European Rally Championship after he announced his ERC return. Vita, 23, belied his lack of international experience to hit a rich vein of form during his first ERC3 Junior campaign in 2018, landing a trio of top-five finishes from Rally di Roma Capitale onwards. A focus on events closer to home in 2019 meant his ERC aspirations were put on hold. But he’s back for the planned six-event ERC3 Junior season in a Pirelli-equipped Peugeot run by H Motorsport from Romania. His fellow Italian Massimiliano Bosi will co-drive.

ERC1 JUNIOR ATTACK TEMPTS TEMPESTINI
24 March 2020: World title-winning rally driver Simone Tempestini will bring his considerable talent to the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship in 2020. Italy-born Romanian Tempestini, the Junior World Rally champion from 2016, is set to contest the eight-event European championship season with fellow Romanian Sergiu Itu co-driving. The 25-year-old’s choice of Rally2 car and team will be made at a later date.

More drivers to be announced.

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Introducing… New ERC3 Junior recruit Javier Pardo

Sun, 05/03/2020 - 06:00

Javier Pardo is preparing to fly the Spanish flag during the upcoming FIA European Rally Championship season. Here’s what you need to know.

Spanish promise: Pardo is one of Spain’s most promising young rally drivers and he’s due to head to the ERC in 2020 at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R2T.

Well trained: The 23-year-old graduated from the ERC Junior Experience training programme, which ran between 2016 and 2018.

Success at home: Pardo has notched up numerous titles in his homeland, including the Spanish Junior Gravel title in 2019.

Pérez alongside: Adrián Pérez will co-drive his compatriot Pardo in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category.

Busy year: Pardo is set to keep busy when rallying resumes, combining his ERC3 Junior programme with a selection of events in Spain and Portugal at the wheel of the Suzuki Motor Ibérica-supported Swift R4lly S.

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Rachele Somaschini releases new video promoting cystic fibrosis awareness ahead of 2020 ERC season

Sat, 05/02/2020 - 06:00

Rachele Somaschini, who is preparing to step up to the FIA European Rally Championship in 2020, has released a new video to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis – the genetic disorder she’s fighting via her #CorrerePerUnRespiro campaign.

The video is in Italian with English subtitles and is available here.

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Stay safe at home with ERC Evenings on Eurosport

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 09:00

Fans of the FIA European Rally Championship staying safe at home will be treated to ERC Evenings on Eurosport today (1 May) and tomorrow (2 May).

From 19h00 CET on both Friday and Saturday, Eurosport 2 is scheduled to broadcast the event review and ERC All Access programmes from selected rounds of the 2019 ERC season, which delivered dramatic action from start to finish and was decided on the very last stage of the year.

And here’s a reminder of some of the highlights to look out for on ERC Evenings on Eurosport:

Habaj takes breakthrough win in the Azores as Lukyanuk crashes with victory in sight

López beats Ingram on Rally Islas Canarias as ERC1 Junior drivers take centre stage

Solberg makes history as youngest ERC event winner with first place on Rally Liepāja

Mareš wins ERC1 Junior by 0.3s, Llarena takes ERC3 Junior crown on Barum Czech Rally Zlín

Al-Attyiah secures record-extending Cyprus Rally victory as Alonso lands ERC2 title

Ingram dethrones Lukyunak on dramatic final stage of Rally Hungary

Nucita comes out on top in Abarth Rally Cup

Saintéloc Junior Team wins FIA European Rally Championship for Teams in Hungary

Schedule refresher:
Friday 1 May (Eurosport 2): 19h00-22h00 CET
Saturday 2 May (Eurosport 2): 19h00-22h00 CET

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#RaceAgainstCovid: ERC event-winning co-driver turns volunteer

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 06:00

Carlos del Barrio, who won six FIA European Rally Championship events during his early co-driving career, has turned volunteer to help his local community amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Spaniard del Barrio, 51, has been carrying out a number of important duties while the rallying season is on hold.

“We have been giving out face masks, doing shopping for the elderly and spraying a mix of water and sodium hypochlorite to try and stop the spread of the virus," said the factory Hyundai co-driver.

“Because I live alone, I’m completely available for the community. It’s incredible, in my village every person is helping each other. We have a lot of farmers here but also a lot of old people, and the most important thing is they don’t feel alone. It helps me a lot as well for my mind, to feel that I am useful.

“As professional sportspeople, normally we must be very selfish if we want to win, but now it’s the completely the other side of the story. We must be helpful for the people and think not just about ourselves but other people.”

Photo: Hyundai Motorsport

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New date being sought for FIA ERC Rally Poland

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 15:00

Discussions are underway to reschedule 77th Rally Poland to a date later on in the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season.

With the original date of 26-28 June falling within the period of government restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, event organisers, Polish Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (PZM), were left with no alternative other than to announce the event’s postponement.

PZM is now working in partnership with ERC promoter Eurosport Events and governing body the FIA to try to find a new date in the calendar with the intention of making an announcement before the end of May.

It is hoped that much of the extensive planning undertaken with the original June date in mind will be transferrable to a revised calendar slot with the rally once again set to be based in Mikołajki in the picturesque Masurian lake district, its home since 2005.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “The need for a replacement date for Rally Poland is the direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, and all our thoughts are with those people whose loved ones have passed or have fallen ill as a result of COVID-19. We are also more than aware that many jobs have been lost and people find themselves in very challenging situations. Because of this, it is vitally important that all official advice is followed.

“We are in discussions with PZM and the FIA to finalise a replacement date for 77th Rally Poland. Once all the arrangements are in place and when it is appropriate to do so we will make a further announcement regarding the event’s rescheduling. Until then we offer our thanks to all drivers, teams, fans and stakeholders for their continued support and patience. And we urge everyone to stay safe at home.”

Krzysztof Maciejewski, the Clerk of the Course of 77th Rally Poland, said: “Our preparations for the rally are well advanced, in practice being completed. Before the restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic were introduced, we did almost all the field work, even ahead of the schedule. Unfortunately, the last days have not brought optimistic information, restrictions on entering the country were extended, hotels and air transport do not operate. We have to respect the restrictions, hoping that compliance with them will improve the epidemiological situation in the near future. We decided to postpone the date of our rally because, at this stage, it seems to be the only logical solution. Obviously, we hope that the conditions to run the 77th Rally Poland will occur this season. Thank you to all those who have devoted their time and effort to the preparation of the event and I hope that we will meet in Mikołajki this year.”

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