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Talented trio to appear on ERC The Stage tonight

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 12:00

Talented trio Callum Devine, Miko Marczyk and Amaury Molle will be appearing on ERC The Stage at 18h30 CET today.

The online talk show from FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events, ERC The Stage is co-hosted by ERC Radio reporters Julian Porter and Chris Rawes.

This week’s guests are among a number of rising stars preparing for ERC action in 2020.

Devine is preparing for an ERC1 Junior programme in a Hyundai i20 R5 under the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy banner. Polish champion Miko Marczyk is set to be one of his rivals in an ORLEN Team Škoda Fabia R5 Evo, while Molle will compete in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category driving a Peugeot 208 R2.

As well as hearing from Devine, Marczyk and Molle, tonight’s show will include a round-up of all the latest news from the ERC, while Rallye Team Spain’s Pep Bassas will be appearing as this week’s ERC Newcomer.

ERC The Stage will be available at:
Facebook.com/FiaEuropeanRallyChampionship/
or Youtube.com/user/FIAERC

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Lindholm looks to previous Italian jobs for ERC guidance

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 12:00

Emil Lindholm will look back to lessons learned on previous Italian outings when he makes his Rally di Roma Capitale debut next month, his FIA European Rally Championship debut with Team MRF Tyres.

Finn Lindholm is rated one of Europe’s fastest young drivers on gravel but he does have some asphalt experience to call upon, including an outing on Rally Internationale del Casentino in 2018.

“It’s great to be back behind the wheel after a five-month break,” said Lindholm, who turns 24 in the build-up to Rally di Roma Capitale. “It’s interesting to start the summer season [on] Tarmac but then again, this year has been quite unordinary this far.

“Local drivers drive tremendously fast [in Italy]. However, I have recently driven a few Tarmac rallies in Italy. For example, a couple of years ago I drove Rally Casentino, which is a test competition for the ERC in Rome. I have some knowledge of the driving conditions and profiles of the roads.”

Lindholm and co-driver Mikael Korhonen will drive a Škoda Fabia under the Team MRF Tyres banner in this season’s ERC.

“I have had a chance to drive with the tyre once before,” said Lindholm. “The tyre felt good considering it is on the beginning of its development. Craig Breen is driving as the tyre manufacturer’s second test driver in the same rallies. It’s great that a really good professional driver drives the same tyre so I can compare my speed to him.”

Photo: Lindholm.fi

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Big demand for ERC Rally di Roma Capitale entries

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 10:00

Preparations for Rally di Roma Capitale are in “full swing” with organisers Motorsport Italia revealing that more than 30 crews have entered the FIA European Rally Championship opener from 24-26 July.

Some of Europe’s top young talents will competing on the asphalt event, which is also a round of the Italian championship (CIR).

A statement from Motorsport Italia, read: “The start from Castel Sant’Angelo [in central Rome] is going to be one of the most awaited moments, one that will represent not only the start of the event, but also the restart of all the motorsport sector.”

The deadline for entries is 8 July.

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ERC Junior Semerád posts a post-lockdown win in Czech Republic

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 18:00

Petr Semerád, the 19-year-old Czech talent who made selected FIA ERC3 Junior Championship appearances in 2019, began his 2020 campaign with victory on the MOGUL Test-rally Sosnová yesterday (Saturday).

Stepping up to Rally2 level, Semerád topped a star-studded final ranking with Vojtĕch Štajf second and Martin Vlček finishing third.

“It was super,” said Semerád. “In the beginning we were not so fast as we expected, but in the final we have beaten Vojtĕch Štajf, so we are first in the finish. But we must take into account that without problems of Kopecký, we will not win here.”

Jan Kopecký, the 2013 FIA European Rally champion, partnered with new co-driver Jan Hloušek for the first time. After winning the opening stage, a time-consuming front-left puncture on stage two ended their hopes of success.

Semerád hit the same object that delayed Kopecký but escaped with a slow puncture.

The event, which was treated as an extended shakedown by a number of crews, used various layouts at the Sosnová Autodrome near Česká Lípa. Much of the action took place n wet conditions although it did dry out towards the end.

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Falcon shows her true ERC colours

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 06:00

Emma Falcón has revealed her car’s new look for the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship.

The Canary Islander’s Citroën C3 R5 will feature a striking black, grey and white design with fluorescent yellow flashes.

She is planning selected ERC appearances this season with next month’s Rally di Roma Capitale on her original event schedule.

Photos: Facebook.com/EmmaFalconDriver

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ERC Junior talents get to thrive on five

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 21:30

With the FIA World Motor Sport Council ratifying the revised calendar for the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship earlier today, the five events that some of Europe’s best young rally talents will tackle are now confirmed.

Featuring three events on asphalt and two on gravel, the FIA ERC1 and Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior championships will be contested as follows:

FIA ERC1 Junior Championship 2020
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), 26-28 November

FIA ERC3 Junior Championship 2020
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), 26-28 November

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Revised ERC 2020 calendar approved

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 21:00

The revised calendar for the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship has been approved.

At the online meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council today, the dates of the events that have been rescheduled in response to restrictions imposed by COVID-19 were ratified as follows:

Round 1: Rally di Roma Capitale (asphalt), 24-26 July J
Round 2: Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel), 14-16 August J
Round 3: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (asphalt), 28-30 August J
Round 4: Azores Rallye (gravel), 17-19 September J
Round 5: Cyprus Rally (gravel), 16-18 October
Round 6: Rally Hungary (asphalt), 6-8 November
Round 7: Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt), 26-28 November J

 J = ERC1 Junior/ERC3 Junior round

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Hlousek’s ERC success rewarded with factory co-drive

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 09:00

Jan Hloušek, who guided Filip Mareš to the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship title in 2019, has been further recognised for his co-driving ability.

The talented 27-year-old will co-drive 2013 European champion Jan Kopecký in a Rally2-specificaton factory Škoda Fabia R5 Evo with the ERC-counting Barum Czech Rally Zlín part of the new duo’s schedule from 28-30 August.

"I look forward to a new challenge and working in a large team,” said Hloušek. “I experienced a professional approach to the rally with Filip Mareš, but this will be a completely different experience. I am aware that, in addition to the work in the car itself, there will be high demands not only on physical training, but also on marketing and media activities.”

Hloušek replaces Pavel Dresler, who stood down from co-driving duties at the end of last season. ACCR Czech Talent Team driver Mareš, who is due to contest a programme of ERC events in 2020 as his prize for his ERC1 Junior title triumph has yet to announce a replacement for Hloušek but did say in a statement: “I want to say big thanks to Jan for the journey we have done and all the races we have won together. Jan is a professional and one of the best co-drivers in our country.”

Meanwhile, Kopecký and Hloušek will compete together for the first time on the MOGUL Test Rally at the Sosnová Autodrome near Česká Lípa tomorrow (Saturday). The event features three stages over all run within the complex over a competitive distance of 30 kilometres. The event is being organised in full compliance with Czech government health and safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A number of other Czech drivers with ERC experience are on the entry. They include Jan Černý, Václav Pech, Vojtĕch Štajf, Antonín Tlusťák and ERC3 Junior Petr Semarád.

Photo: Škoda Motorsport

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Von Thurn und Taxis plots all-asphalt ERC adventure

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 06:00

Albert von Thurn und Taxis has revealed his updated FIA European Rally Championship plans for 2020.

Starring on ERC The Stage last night, the German explained that his focus would be on sealed-surface events during the season ahead.

“It’s going to be a particular championship for us this year,” von Thurn und Taxis said on ERC The Stage, the online talk show from the FIA European Rally Championship. “With all the calendar changes, we have decided to restrict ourselves to the Tarmac rounds of the championship and I’m very much looking forward to that. Sure, I’m going to miss a bit the gravel but the way it’s looking right now it’s not going to be a possibility.”

Asked why, von Thurn und Taxis said: “It’s a question of preparation. What I found from the beginning it’s a calendar problem be honest. Now I have to figure out how to get my year organised and that’s been a bit tricky with the calendar changing [due to the coronavirus pandemic]. You need particular preparation for Tarmac and for gravel. For gravel training and testing events we were not able to find anything that would have worked.”

He continued: “I did say last year that if I was not going to be able to prepare for a particular circumstance you’ll find in Liepāja, specifically, then I would not do the rally because those speeds are something you need to get used to driving in fourth and fifth gear on gravel in very high speed. It takes time to get used to those conditions.”

Von Thurn und Taxis, who will campaign a Pirelli-equipped Škoda Fabia R5 run by Baumschlager Rallye & Racing, will prepare for Rally di Roma Capitale with an outing on the Czech championship Rally Bohemia from 10-12 July. Rally di Roma Capitale is scheduled to take place from 24-26 July.

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ERC The Stage recalls strange but true moment from history

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 21:00

Tonight’s ERC The Stage online talk show looked back on a strange but true moment in FIA European Rally Championship history.

It occurred during the Cyprus Rally on this very day (17 June) three years ago when not one but three top drivers crashed on the very same corner of the 18.48-kilometre Giorgos Kyprianou Lefkara 2 stage.

Kajetan Kajetanowicz was the first to hit trouble followed by Murat Bostanci. Both drivers’ Ford Fiesta R5s sustained only light damage as they slid off the road and down a drop. However, Bruno Magalhães was not so fortunate when his Škoda Fabia R5 rolled several times, striking Bostanci’s stricken Fiesta in the process.

Although Kajetanowicz was able to restart on day two, the cars of Bostanci and Magalhães were too badly damaged to continue. Thankfully all drivers and co-drivers involved emerged unscathed.

Replay ERC The Stage by clicking here.

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By royal command: Stars line up for ERC The Stage online talk show

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:00

Rallying royalty will join ERC The Stage tonight when Germany’s Albert von Thurn und Taxis appears on the online talk show from the FIA European Rally Championship.

The 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis has been an ERC regular since 2017 and will continue his transition from GT racing to rallying in 2020.

Joining him in the virtual studio is Austrian Niki Mayr-Melnhof, another ex-GT driver continuing his ERC adventure this season, having won his national title in 2018. Mayr-Melnhof is due to start his campaign on the all-asphalt Rally di Roma Capitale, which is scheduled to take place from 24-26 July.

And there will be a third guest joining ERC The Stage all the way from South America, the reigning ERC2 champion Juan Carlos Alonso. Prior to lockdown, the Argentine was aiming to step up to Rally2 level for 2020 and will be using his appearance on ERC The Stage to update fans on how his plans stand.

Rachele Somaschini will also be appearing as the ERC Newcomer with the Italian preparing to reveal an exciting tweak to her maiden FIA European Rally Championship campaign. Somaschini will also be promoting #CorrerePerUnRespiro, which aims to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis.

Presented by ERC Radio reporters Julian Porter and Chris Rawes, episode five of ERC The Stage will also include a recap of the stories that have made the headlines on FIAERC.com recently.

Available on the ERC’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel, ERC The Stage will be streamed at 18h30 CET today (Wednesday).

Guests on ERC The Stage so far have included 2019 European champions Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock, Craig Breen and Alexey Lukyanuk and Erik Cais and Efrén Llarena.

ERC The Stage will be available at:

Facebook.com/FiaEuropeanRallyChampionship/
or Youtube.com/user/FIAERC

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Statement from Eurosport Events regarding ERC Rally Liepaja

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 18:00

The following is a statement from François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, promoter of the FIA European Rally Championship.

“Following the approach by WRC Promoter to Eurosport Events and RA Events regarding the possible inclusion of Rally Liepāja in the FIA World Rally Championship for 2020 as a joint event with FIA ERC in mid-August, we support the idea and would trust our local promoter to run such an event. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures and clearly we will do all we can to help the rally community and the FIA World Rally Championship through this difficult period, in a way which would protect ERC drivers and teams. The WRC is on a totally different organisational scale to the ERC, so there is not much time to raise incremental budgets and adapt the current format. Should RA Events be in position to cope with the WRC/ERC financial equation, I have no doubt we would find operational solutions with WRC Promoter and the Latvian organiser to put on such an event.”
François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, ERC Promoter

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ERC pays tribute to Martin Holmes

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 12:00

FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events is remembering Martin Homes today following the respected journalist’s passing last week.

Martin, who was 80, covered the ERC for several decades, providing his usual in-depth reporting to a number of newspapers and magazines around the world. He also devoted pages of his highly regarded annual, Pirelli World Rallying, to the ERC.

In recent years, Martin wrote ERC news and reports for various websites and made regular calls to the ERC Press Office when he was unable to attend events in person.

As well as his career as a journalist and author, Martin was a successful co-driver and took part on 32 ERC events, making his last competitive ERC appearance on Rally Poland in 1979.

Martin is survived by a son and three granddaughters.

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ERC Rally di Roma Capitale to be driven flat out even without the Ostia superspecial

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 10:00

ERC Rally di Roma Capitale is gearing up to provide more high-speed memories only this time without the Ostia superspecial.

Part of the competitive route since 2018, the superspecial at Lido di Ostia – a seaside resort west of central Rome – provided the closing spectacle for Italy’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship as well as featuring the Villaggio dei Motori, a popular mini motorshow and entertainment attraction.

For 2020, Rally di Roma Capitale organiser Motorsport Italia had planned to visit Ostia not once but twice with two runs of the 1.20-kilometre superspecial on Friday 24 July and again on Sunday 26 July.

However, recent developments relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and specifically mass gatherings have, unfortunately, forced Motorsport Italia to adjust its plans for 2020 by removing Ostia from the itinerary, which will still remain above 200 kilometres.

A statement from the Rally di Roma Capitale organisers, read: “The decision has been taken following the two important documents made official in the past few days. From the one side, the Decree-Law of 11 June confirmed the indications regarding the social distances and limitation of crowding to outdoor sporting events like the Rally di Roma. From the other side, the note from ACI Sport on 9 June specified that ‘in order to guarantee the safety necessary to restart the motorsport sector, the general protocol for the containment of COVID-19 in motorsport prevents running superspecial stages and all the events that necessarily involve the presence of a lot of people’.”

With thousands of fans flocking to Ostia for the climax to Rally di Roma Capitale in recent seasons, Motorsport Italia conceded that it would have been impossible to comply with the current limitations while, at the same time, guaranteeing the level of spectacle that has made Ostia a key highlight of the event. For the same reason, the process for requesting a spectator pass through the new platform is still not active but will be soon.

Max Rendina, who heads up the Rally di Roma Capitale organising team, said: “This has been a difficult but unavoidable decision. We are sorry to have to renounce to one of the iconic moments of the Rally di Roma Capitale just 40 days before the event, but we are working to make a spectacular event anyway.”

As well as gearing up to host the opening round of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship from 24-26 July, Rally di Roma Capitale is scheduled to form the first event of the 2020 Italian Rally Championship (CIR) season. A strong entry packed with some of Europe’s brightest young talents is expected.

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Entries open, supplementary regulations published for ERC Rally Liepaja

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 21:00

Organisers of Rally Liepãja, part of the FIA European Rally Championship since it was first run in 2013, have opened the entries and published the supplementary regulations for their ERC event.

Subject to the FIA ratifying the change of date to 14-16 August, Rally Liepãja will use spectacular gravel stages around the cities of Liepãja and Talsi.

The supplementary regulations are available here.

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ERC Azores Rallye organisers go back in time with new online challenge

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 06:00

The SIM Racing section of Grupo Desportivo Comercial, organiser of the FIA European Rally Championship-counting Azores Rallye, has launched a virtual version of Rallye de São Miguel.

Taking place from 22-28 June using DiRT Rally 2.0, on PC (STEAM), Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms, the event follows the hugely successful Azores Virtual Rallye from earlier this year.

But while that online event used current cars, the virtual Rallye de São Miguel pays tribute to some of the machinery that competed in the 1980s, such as the Datsun 240Z, the Lancia Stratos, the Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 or the Renault 5 Turbo.

The SIM Racing section of Grupo Desportivo Comercial is inviting gamers to take a virtual journey to Wales for online stages that provide a similar layout and surface and run in similar wet and foggy conditions to those experienced on the real Rallye de São Miguel in the past.

Entries close on 17 June and can be submitted here:

https://dirtrally2.com/clubs/club/249803

A registration form should be completed at the link below:

https://forms.gle/npTkQDCw7m83aHvY8

Further information, regulations and terms and conditions are available in Portuguese and English at:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/14tj0IEThf8RTijhPnVrwKvhBKbZdCV94?usp=sharing

Rallye de São Miguel was the precursor to the Azores Rallye, which is set to host round five of the 2020 ERC season from 17-19 September.

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ERC Barum Czech Rally Zlin organisers step up Big 50 preparations

Sat, 06/13/2020 - 06:00

Organisers of Barum Czech Rally Zlín have stepped up their preparations for the 50th anniversary event by publishing Rally Guide 1.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín is set to host the third event of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season from 28-30 August.

Click here to download Rally Guide 1.

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New-vember! FIA ERC Rally Islas Canarias decider set for new November date

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:00

The 2020 FIA European Rally Championship will be decided one week earlier than had been planned after it was announced that Rally Islas Canarias will be brought forward to 26-28 November, subject to FIA ratification.

Having been postponed from its original date of 7-9 May in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Tarmac-only event, which counts for FIA ERC and Spanish championship points, was handed a new date of 3-5 December.

However, in order to ensure the re-scheduling was workable for the Spanish championship and its drivers and teams, a new date of 26-28 November will be submitted to the FIA World Motor Sport Council for final approval when it meets on 19 June.

“Rally Islas Canarias is not only one of the highlights of the FIA ERC season, it’s also a key component of the Spanish championship,” explained Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator. “With Spanish federation RFEDA a strong partner of the ERC, it was important we could agree on a date that worked for all parties. Besides, we are all in the same boat due to COVID-19 so it’s important we all help each other. I am therefore very pleased we have found a solution and look forward to working towards the 44th running of Rally Islas Canarias in November.”

Find out more about Rally Islas Canarias by clicking here.

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All roads lead to Rome for ERC hopeful Fuentes

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 18:00

Sergio Fuentes is hoping to be Rome-bound when the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship gets underway as scheduled next month.

The 29-year-old from Tenerife is planning to contest Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July in the all-new Peugeot 208 Rally4.

Having made his ERC event debut on Rally Islas Canarias last season, Fuentes is due to contest the Peugeot Rally Cup Iberica alongside selected European championship appearances.

In his first season in the Canary Islands regional championship in 2019 driving a Peugeot 208 R2, Fuentes placed third behind Yeray Lemes (Hyundai i20 R5) and Enrique Cruz (Porsche 997 GT3 2010).

Following Rally di Roma Capitale and ahead of the ERC season-closing Rally Islas Canarias, Fuentes plans to contest Barum Czech Rally Zlín. Alain Peña will co-drive.

Photo: Gustavo Alonso

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Revisit the 2019 season on ERC The Stage

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 18:00

This week’s ERC The Stage, the internet talk show from the FIA European Rally Championship, will be devoted to a review of the 2019 season while it makes a short service halt.

Looking back on the eight events that made for an action-packed and hugely memorable 2019 campaign, the programme is voiced by ERC The Stage co-host Chris Rawes with stage-end reporting from his colleague Julian Porter.

Meanwhile, ERC The Stage will be back in its normal format next week.

ERC The Stage is available at:
Facebook.com/FiaEuropeanRallyChampionship/
or Youtube.com/user/FIAERC

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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)