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Home stars take on ERC aces in Zlin

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 18:00

Barum Czech Rally Zlín organisers have issued a packed entry list featuring some of the best drivers in the host country, across Europe and beyond.

Taking place from 16-18 August, the all-asphalt FIA European Rally Championship counter has attracted 57 crews with priority status as part of a list of registrations totalling 137 entries across all events.

Defending ERC champion and current championship leader Alexey Lukyanuk heads the list followed erstwhile pacesetter and former Polish champion Łukasz Habaj.

ERC1 Junior leader Chris Ingram is seeded three, 2013 ERC champion Jan Kopecký is seeded four, while four-time Hungarian champion Norbert Herczig is the sixth seed.

Double ERC Junior champion Marijan Griebel is seeded eighth with 10th seed Nikolay Gryazin taking part on his second prize drive for winning the ERC1 Junior crown in 2018, fresh from winning the world championship’s second tier on Neste Rally Finland yesterday (Sunday).

Zelindo Melegari will aim to preserve his ERC2 title lead, while Dariusz Poloński will look to do likewise in the Abarth Rally Cup. Ken Torn, who heads both the ERC3 and ERC3 Junior classifications is one of 22 ERC Junior drivers in action.

Nabila Tejpar makes her Zlín debut intent on taking the ERC Ladies’ Trophy lead from fellow Briton Catie Munnings.

Click here to view the full entry list.

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Lukyanuk to lead ERC field into Zlín stronger than before

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk will top the FIA European Rally Championship standings for the first time this season when the 2019 title battle resumes on Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 16-18 August.

Lukyanuk has enjoyed a testing ERC title defence with two non-finishes and completed Rally di Roma Capitale in Italy last month in frustrated mood after a time penalty dropped him to fourth at the finish.

Following his trip to Italy, the Saintéloc Junior Team driver from Russia, said: “Maybe final result doesn't show it, but all together we did good job, and leaving Italy even stronger.”

Lukyanuk heads Łukasz Habaj by six points after five rounds. They both have a victory apiece with Habaj winning the season-opening Azores Rallye and Lukyanuk taking the laurels on PZM 76th Rally Poland.

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ERC graduates fly high

Sun, 08/04/2019 - 23:00

Several FIA European Rally Championship graduates were on top form during Finland’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship, which finished earlier today (Sunday).

While 2014 ERC champion Esapekka Lappi took a season-equalling best result of second, Nikolay Gryazin (pictured), the ERC1 Junior champion from 2018, scored a maiden win in the world championship’s second tier on his first Neste Rally Finland with Jari Huttunen, the 2017 ERC3 Junior runner-up, one place behind.

In the world championship’s Junior class, the 2018 ERC3 Junior runner-up Tom Kristensson triumphed for the second time this season to move back to the top of the title standings.

There were also notable performances from current ERC drivers: Paulo Nobre was sixth in class with Grégoire Munster two places back on a rare start at R5 level. Sean Johnston was sixth in the Junior section.

Photo: Neste Rally Finland

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Broz looks to ERC future

Sat, 08/03/2019 - 06:00

Domink Brož has confirmed his absence from his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship later this month, saving his limited funds to build up to a full-time return in 2019 instead.

An ERC3 Junior regular in recent seasons, Brož has made just two starts in the championship in 2019. However, he went off the road on both the Azores Rallye in March and May’s Rally Liepāja and was restricted to the role of mechanic for category rival Jan Talaš on last month’s Rally di Roma Capitale.

“I rent my car in Czech Republic and I don’t start in Barum to save my money for next season,” said Brož.

Although Brož will be missing from the Barum Czech Rally Zlín entry, a large ERC3 Junior contingent is expected for the all-asphalt event from 16-18 August.

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Vogel gets home ERC run

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 15:00

The FIA European Rally Championship will welcome another woman driver when Adrienn Vogel makes her ERC debut on the season-deciding Rally Hungary in November in a Ford Fiesta R2T.

Vogel, who combines her competition career with her job as a TV presenter, took part on her first rally in 2014 and has built her experience mainly driving Kia’s Picanto model, although she has tackled two events in the M-Sport Poland-built Fiesta R2T.

“My first time in rally with this car was in April in Poland,” Vogel explained. “After it I was invited to an official M-Sport factory test where I made a strong impression to the factory engineer. But last time the Perger Mühlstein Rally in Austria was a different challenge for me and for my co-driver Ivett Notheisz. We’ve got a lot of experiences, we’ve learnt a lot and now I know more about the R2 car.Finally we finished at P3 in our category.”

Vogel, who is in her third season in the Kia Platinum Cup circuit racing series, and Notheisz are now getting ready for their step up to the international motorsport stage on Rally Hungary, which takes place in Nyíregyháza from 8-10 November.

“It’s going to be challenging but we can’t wait our debut on our home race supported by our fantastic Hungarian audience. Since the beginning of this year we were exploring ERC opportunities and thanks for the decision of the FIA we have the Rally Hungary this year in the ERC’s calendar so it was clear that it is the perfect chance for us.”

Emma Falcón, Catie Munnings, Cristiana Oprea and Nabila Tejpar are regulars in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy this season.

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Marczyk on for next ERC Junior run

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 06:00

Miko Marczyk will return to the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship on the season-deciding Barum Czech Rally Zlín later this month.

It will be the highly-rated Polish driver’s first appearance in the European Rally Championship outside his homeland and comes on the back of a strong run to third place in class on PZM 76th Rally Poland in late June.

“It will probably be a much harder rally for us because I haven't got experience on those roads,” said Marczyk. “Also, the speed is very high, but it will be our second round in ERC and maybe, on the finish of this season, if everything is good, we can drive in the final round of ERC in Hungary, but it's not confirmed now.”

Szymon Gospadarczyk will co-drive Marczyk’s ŠKODA Polska Motorsport-entered, Kresta Racing-run Fabia R5. Barum Czech Rally Zlín takes place from 16-18 August on all-asphalt stages.

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From racing Sagan to taking on the ERC’s elite, Kostka returns for home rally

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 15:00

Last month Tomáš Kostka was in action against pro-riders Peter Sagan and Zdeněk Štybar in a national championship cycle race in Trnava, Slovakia. Next month he’ll be taking on the ERC’s elite on his home event, Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

A three-time podium finisher on the FIA European Rally Championship counter, the former circuit racer was unable to secure the funding to compete last season, but returns this year in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 co-driven by Ladislav Kučera and run by Kresta Racing, the team owned by his brother-in-law and Czech rallying legend Roman Kresta.

“I'm glad to be back,” said Kostka, who finished second in Zlín in 2016 and third in 2012 and 2014. “Of course, this was difficult in terms of finances, but everyone has to deal with this. There are two tests ahead of us and everything should be ready to go for the best place again.”

Zlin-born Kostka has been restricted to three competitive starts since his last Barum Czech Rally Zlín appearance in 2017 due to funding issues.

This year’s event takes place from 16-18 August.

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ERC Barum Czech Rally Zlín is go!

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 06:00

The countdown to Barum Czech Rally Zlín, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship, is well and truly underway with the event due to begin in a little more than 15 days (16-18 August).

Ever-present in the ERC since the championship’s streamlining in 2004, Barum Czech Rally Zlín is based in the South Moravian university city, 300 kilometres south of the Czech capital Prague.

It is a Tarmac test like no other due to the bumpy and sometimes broken nature of the road surface. To add to the challenge, several stages feature high-speed blasts through forests and intermittent showers are always possible.

While the weather might be hard to predict, huge numbers of fans follow the action, especially on the opening night-time Zlín superspecial stage.

Taking place two weeks earlier than normal, Barum Czech Rally Zlín will host the final ERC Junior rounds of the season as well as the Czech championship decider.

Of the major route tweaks, the return of the legendary Pindula after a one-year absence leads the changes, which also include the Qualifying Stage running in reverse direction and the revival of the Kostelany stage.

The 49th Barum Czech Rally Zlín takes place from 16-18 August. Click here for the event itinerary.

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Campedelli open to more ERC

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 18:00

Simone Campedelli has not ruled out making further appearances in this season’s FIA European Rally Championship after he finished runner-up to Giandomenico Basso on the recent Rally di Roma Capitale.

Campedelli had been charged with giving M-Sport’s all-new Ford Fiesta R5 its ERC debut on the back of limited testing – and overcame his lack of car knowledge to score a stage win on his way to second position.

“I would really like to be back in an international contest, but we have to make it properly in the right way in case it happens,” said Campedelli. “It doesn't depend only on me.”

Campedelli, once a regular on world championship events, had been linked to an expanded ERC campaign for 2019 but has focused on his domestic title race instead with the Orange 1 M-Sport Rally Team.

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My ERC debut. By Cristiana Oprea

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 12:00

Cristiana Oprea made her FIA European Rally Championship debut on Rally di Roma Capitale earlier this month, forming an all-female Romanian crew with co-driver Diana Hategan and finishing eighth in the highly-competitive ERC3 class. This is what she had to say afterwards.

“I couldn’t have dreamt of a better ERC debut – I am very proud of myself and Diana for completing our toughest rally yet with no incidents, with a new car and quite a lot of pressure. Even more, managing to score the most points in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy is incredible, even though I am completely aware we were also very lucky.

“I want to congratulate Emma [Falcón] and Catie [Munnings] for their rhythm and I am grateful I got the chance to meet them and compete side by side with them, as they inspired me in the last few years to fight for my dream of competing in the ERC.

“I am happy I learned the Peugeot 208 R2 quickly and I felt more confident to grow the pace on each stage. In the end, I feel this rally made me even more resilient and I learned a lot about controlling the car at higher speeds, on more difficult stages than what we have back home.

“In the end, this result marks the beginning of a new stage in my career as a rally driver. I will continue fighting to build a budget which will allow me to continue my progress in the ERC and I hope to see you all soon!”

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We blew it but we’re still in the game: Habaj on his ERC title hopes

Mon, 07/29/2019 - 06:00

Łukasz Habaj admits he “blew away” his “very, very big chance” to increase his lead of the FIA European Rally Championship with his mistake on stage six of Rally di Roma Capitale last week.

Habaj was on course for a podium finish in his Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5 when a rare error put him out of the leg.

He returned on day two to bag four, potentially crucial, leg bonus points, a result he says means he’s “still in the game” in his bid to win his first ERC title.

“We had a very, very, big chance to increase our leadership and we just blew it away,” said the Polish star. “Of course, it’s not the result we wanted but [in the end], it was the toughest, the most expensive and the most difficult points in my life and a massive effort on the team’s side.”

As well as his off on Saturday afternoon, Habaj rolled in testing on the Tuesday before the rally and also reported having the “maximum amount of spins” during the all-asphalt event.

“I am happy this weekend is over,” said Habaj. “But we minimised the losses and we are still in the game. The differences are not big in the championship and we keep fighting for sure.”

Habaj will start next month’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín, the sixth round of the season, seven points behind Alexey Lukyanuk, the defending champion.

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Avcioglu is back with top six in ERC3

Sun, 07/28/2019 - 18:00

Orhan Avcioglu returned to two-wheel-drive action on Rally di Rally Capitale as he made his long-awaited FIA European Rally Championship comeback.

Partnered by stand-in co-driver and fellow Turk Aras Dinçer, Avcioglu finished sixth in ERC3 after battling back from a time-consuming clutch issue on the opening morning of the all-asphalt event, which earned him a 1m10s penalty due to a delay.

Avcioglu, who completed the Italian event with a trio of top-three stage times, is set to complete the remainder of the ERC season in his Toksport-run Peugeot 208 R2.

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Fighting Érdi finishes in ERC

Sun, 07/28/2019 - 12:00

Tibor Érdi Jr fought back from the lower reaches of the top 50 to finish Rally di Roma Capitale in P13.

The double ERC2 champion was delayed on the opening stage by a time-consuming puncture, which wrecked his hopes of a points finish in Italy.

Despite the early blow, Hungarian Érdi Jr persevered to finish P13 among the FIA European Rally Championship-registered crews.

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From ditching to winning… How Mares hit back for ERC1 Junior triumph

Sun, 07/28/2019 - 06:00

Filip Mareš completed the ultimate comeback when he won ERC1 Junior on Rally di Roma Capitale last week, seven days after crashing out of an event in his homeland.

Mareš started the Czech championship Rally Bohemia leading his national standings, but a crash on stage 15 put him out and left his participation on Italy’s FIA European Rally Championship counter the following weekend in serious doubt.

But thanks to his Kresta Racing mechanics, Marešand co-driver Jan Hloušek were able to start Rally di Roma Capitale in their hastily repaired ŠKODA Fabia R5, going on to win the ERC1 Junior section in fifth overall for the ACCR Czech Rally Team.

“For sure this result belongs to my team [from Kresta Racing] because the guys have done an amazing job,” said Mareš. “After our accident on Rally Bohemia it was not so easy to be at the start in Rome. But we are now winners in ERC1 Junior on Rally di Roma Capitale, which is fantastic, it’s an amazing result for us and crucial to our ambitions in the championship generally.”

Following his triumph in Italy, Mareš will battle Chris Ingram for the ERC1 Junior crown on the season-deciding Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 16-18 August with a fund of €100,000 to contest the ERC events in Cyprus and Hungary awaiting the winner.

Crash repair timeline

Sunday 14 July
09h26: Mareš andHloušek crash into a ditch on Rally Bohemia
09h30: Crew surveys damage, reports back to team
10h45: Kresta Racing mechanics arrive at crash scene
11h10: Car recovered from ditch
12h00: Car transported to service park
13h00: Full inspection of damage takes place
18h00: Team returns to workshops in Luhačovice, Czech Republic

Monday 15 July
17h00: Spare parts collected from ŠKODA Motorsport HQ in Mladá Boleslav

Tuesday 16 July
24h00: Repairs complete, car ready for roll-out

Wednesday 17 July
08h00: Roll-out and final checks take place
13h00: Packing of spares and equipment for Rally di Roma Capitale
22h00: Following a period of rest, team sets off for Fiuggi, a 14-hour drive over a distance of 1350 kilometres

Thursday 18 July
16h00: Team arrives in the service park in Fiuggi
20h00: Technical scrutineering takes place

Friday 19 July
09h30: Mareš and Hloušek begin Qualifying Stage run, going seventh fastest

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ERC Junior Jeets learns plenty on Tarmac debut

Sat, 07/27/2019 - 18:00

Gregor Jeets made his asphalt debut on Rally di Roma Capitale last week, holding sixth position in ERC3 Junior before he was forced out with suspension damage.

Part of the Estonian Autosport Junior Team line-up, Jeets had recovered from earlier brake issues to clock two top-six stage times despite his absence of Tarmac experience. Although hopes of a points finish evaporated on Sunday’s opening run, Jeets was pleased with the experience gained.

“We had quite good progress,” said Jeets. “We know the places where we lose the time. It was bad that we stopped so early, but we can say it was a good learning experience.”

Of his exit, Jeets explained what happened in the Pirelli-equipped Ford Fiesta R2T he shares with co-driver Kuldar Sikk. “We had too much speed [for the corner]. The corner was too tight. We hit a bank and the suspension was broken but we also broke two wheels, so it was impossible to continue.”

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Monteiro gains more ERC R5 experience with Roma top 15

Sat, 07/27/2019 - 12:00

Aloísio Monteiro continued to grow his experience in R5 machinery with a top 15 finish on round five of the FIA European Rally Championship in Italy earlier this month.

With Rally di Roma Capitale marking the Portuguese driver’s seventh start in a top-of-the-range ERC machine, Monteiro used the asphalt event to improve his car knowledge and set-up.

“We did good homework, preparing the rally well but maybe we bet on the wrong horse,” the FPAK Portugal Team ERC driver explained. “In the last test before the rally I got the feeling that we had found the ideal set-up for the race. However, when we started the rally on Saturday morning, we quickly realised that something was not right. We suffered a lot [in] the slower corners, even though the car in the fast zones was okay.

“After the suspension [set-up] was fixed [for Sunday] and on a long day with many stages, we did some good times. Of course, we have to be more constant and improve our experience with the car by doing more kilometres in the car.”

Monteiro will get another opportunity to build his R5 experience when he contests Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 16-18 August with his Fabia run by The Racing Factory.

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Bernardi charges back in ERC

Sat, 07/27/2019 - 06:00

Florian Bernardi returned to the ERC3 podium with a charging drive on Rally di Roma Capitale last month, recovering from an early puncture to finish third in class.

The lone Frenchman in the field, Bernardi went on full attack mode to make up the time lost in his Renault Clio R3T with 11 fastest stage times in the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 division.

“We attacked very hard, we knew it was the only way to score essential points,” said Bernardi. “The stages suited our Clio and I felt particularly well on these roads with this set-up and the Michelin tires. The FA Compétitionteam and R.Tec Suspensions did a great job."

Bernardi will continue his ERC3 title challenge on Barum Czech Rally Zlín from 16-18 August alongside co-driver Victor Bellotto.

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Williams pleased with debut ERC3 Junior speed

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 18:00

James Williams was happy with the speed he showed on his debut in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship – but “devastated” that he wasn’t able to convert it into a top result on Rally di Roma Capitale.

Williams, a frontrunner in the British championship, was stepping up to international level for the first time and had high hopes of a strong result in his Ford Fiesta R2T.

Despite a promising start, the Welsh driver was soon out of luck alongside co-driver Tom Woodburn, as he explained.

“The first stage started great, getting off to a good pace and finding the rhythm with the notes from the word go. Unfortunately, about five kilometres from the end of the stage we picked up a front-right puncture and had to stop and change with driving on not an option.

“Stage two started well with the rhythm in the car returning but very unexpectedly we were sent on our roof on an open hairpin right. Absolutely devastated doesn’t touch how I was feeling for the team and sponsors. It was something which caught us by surprise and, in a flash, [we] were stopped wondering what had happened.

“The gutting thing is that we felt some very good speed in the car this week and we weren’t quite able to extract that as a stage result. It was definitely there, watch this space.”

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Talaš battles to fourth in ERC Junior

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 12:00

Jan Talaš showed his fighting spirit to score his best finish to date in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship on last week’s Rally di Roma Capitale.

The ACCR Czech Rally Team talent, co-driven by Ondřej Krajča, placed fourth in the Pirelli-supported category on his first appearance on the Italian event.

Afterwards, the Czech Junior and 2WD champion from 2018, said: “On the first day we had a problem with the rear suspension in the morning, a front-right puncture, a problem with the intercom and a very big problem with the clutch.

“We had a good second day and the time was better than the first day, but we had a small problem in the superstage with the driveshaft. It was a very hard weekend, but we have new experiences from this rally.”

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Good times for the first time as Herczig scores in ERC

Fri, 07/26/2019 - 06:00

Norbert Herczig posted a succession of top 10 stage times as he finished his first Rally di Rome Capitale in seventh place.

Driving a MOL Racing Team Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, the quadruple Hungarian champion was on the pace from the start and finished the FIA European Rally Championship event just 5.6s behind Chris Ingram.

“Our speed was quite okay,” said Herczig. “It was a good performance from me, from us. We have learned many things about the tyres and the car and, very importantly, our pacenotes. We could change some things in the pacenotes and we could keep our speed with the leader of the rally and the fastest drivers.

“Our speed is more on Tarmac compared to gravel, we will keep going and start the next rally in Barum.”

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Kalendarz 2019

21-23.03.2019:

Azores Airlines Rallye (Portugalia)

02-04.05.2019

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)

24-26 05.2019

Rally Liepāja (Łotwa)

28-30.06.2019

Rajd Polski

19-21.07.2019

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

16-18.08.2019

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

27-29.09.2019:

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

08-10.11.2019:

Rally Hungary (Węgry)