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Why Remennik leading but not leading in ERC2

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 18:00

Sergei Remennik starts next week’s Rally di Roma Capitale leading the ERC2 standings – not that the ace Russian is thinking along those lines.

Remennik is 10 points in front of defending champion Tibor Érdi Jr after four rounds of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship.

However, with drivers counting their best four scores under new rules for this season, Érdi Jr is in a potentially stronger position with two wins compared to Remennik’s trio of second-place finishes.

“We are leading the ERC2 standings, but this is an intermediate result that we do not really consider as the leadership,” said the Russian Performance Motorsport driver. “Only Juan Carlos Alonso has scored points in four races. Our crew has only three second places, Tibor Érdi Jr has two wins, and Juan Carlos has one victory. Everyone will try to improve their results, Érdi goes well on the asphalt, and the situation in the standings may change after this rally.”

Of the prospect of competing on the Italian event, Remennik can’t wait to get started: “It is one of the most beautiful races in the season. Of course, every rally is unique and attractive in its own way, but starting in the Eternal City from the Castel Sant’Angelo walls is a wonderful feeling. We are looking forward to the rally, because we had a big break, during which we missed one ERC round. We are going to continue our steady performances; last season we couldn’t boast that the number of our starts in the rallies was equal to the number of finishes. This season we are more confident and stable; maybe we aren’t as fast as we would like to, but it is also important to finish and score points.”

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Back to the other day job for Munnings in ERC Junior U27

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 12:00

Catie Munnings will swap filming for driving when she returns to FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship duty on Rally di Roma Capitale.

Munnings has been splitting her time between her fledgling rallying career and filming episodes of her new children’s television progamme, Catie’s Amazing Machines, which is due for broadcast on the BBC in the UK soon. And she does so the challenging asphalt stages in and around the Italian capital from 20-22 July.

“Last year was quite bittersweet as we were setting some nice stage times but ultimately got stuck in a ditch and lost 15 minutes,” said the Pirelli-equipped SaintéIoc Junior Team driver. “We’ve made some good progress with our pace recently and I want to try and keep up the momentum and close the gap to the front.

“I always compare my times to the fastest R2 drivers and in ERC Junior U27 the pace is super high, so having done this rally before should help. The atmosphere on the stages is also incredible along with all the experiences you have like the tour of the city centre in your rally car, you can’t really beat it, so I’m really excited to get back out there and push.

“I’ve done an extra rally [Cyprus, on gravel] compared to the others but don’t really have the budget to test so we haven’t really got an advantage, we just don’t have a disadvantage as it is difficult to start a rally without having been in the car often.”

Munning is pictured left with co-driver Anne Katharina Stein

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Good feeling as Kreim prepares for Roma ERC action

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 06:00

Fabian Kreim makes his Rally di Roma Capitale debut next week with a “good feeling” as he bids to remain on top of the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship standings.

A consistently strong start to his maiden ERC Junior U28 campaign has propelled the double German champion to the points summit after two rounds. And following a successful test, the ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland has high hopes for his Italian debut.

“We have already done our test for this rally and it was really good,” said the ŠKODA Fabia R5 driver. “We have a good feeling in the car which is so important if we are serious about fighting at the front. I hope our preparations will be enough for this next round.

“Rally di Roma Capitale is another Tarmac rally which is good for us as it is our preferred surface. Because of this we are looking forward to fighting for a podium in ERC Junior U28.”

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Stengg hopes for practice rally boost in ERC Junior U27

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 18:00

Roland Stengg will use experience gained from a practice event in Italy when he resumes his FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship campaign on Rally di Roma Capitale.

Stengg, a point-scoring newcomer to ERC Junior U27 on Rally Islas Canarias, took part on the recent Rally Valli della Carnia to develop a “good set-up” for his visit to Rome.

“I started the Rally Valli della Carnia to prepare myself for Rally di Roma Capitale and although we retired with technical problems, we managed to find a good set-up for those typical narrow Italian roads,” said Austrian Stengg, who will link up with German co-driver Tobias Braun for next week’s rally. “To clean up my driving style I also did a two-day course with Vittorio Caneva which helped me a lot.”

Stengg continued: “I’m feeling confident but also a little nervous. I’m a big fan of Italian rallies. I know how strong the competition is on Tarmac so I have to give 100 per cent to bring in a good result. My goal has to be the same as the Canarias: to finish the rally without mistakes and close the gap to the top a bit.”

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ERC Junior Experience graduates to use recce knowledge for Rome ‘debuts’

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 12:00

Laurent Pellier and Mārtiņš Sesks will use knowledge gained from taking part in the ERC Junior Experience in 2017 when they contest Rally di Roma Capitale from 20-22 July.

Pellier, who competes for the PEUGEOT Rally Academy in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship, and Sesks, a competitor in the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior Under 27 Championship, took part on the recce for the Italian asphalt event in 2017 when they were enrolled in the ERC Junior experience training programme.

“As I have visited the Rally di Roma Capitale for recce during the ERC Junior Experience last year, I know at least roughly what to expect,” said Sesks, part of the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team (pictured).

Frenchman Pellier said: “Because I took part in the ERC Junior Experience, I’ve had the opportunity to discover the environment and the stages which I think is a real advantage. Let’s see how I can use it and turn it into a result.”

The ERC Junior Experience training programme is accessible to all ERC Junior Under 27 Championship participants plus other drivers and co-drivers aiming to take the step up from national to international level. The next session take place during the Barum Czech Rally Zlín weekend in August.

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Llarena wants ERC Junior U27 win for Rally Team Spain

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 06:00

Efrén Llarena wants to repay Rally Team Spain with his first FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship victory when action resumes in Italy next week (20-22 July).

Llarena starts Rally di Roma Capitale anxious to make up for lost ground following his high-speed crash on the previous round in Gran Canaria.

The RFEDA Spanish federation-backed driver said: “We are fully motivated ahead of Rally di Roma Capitale. The last two ERC rallies haven’t been perfect, suffering accidents when we had good speed to be fighting for the ERC Junior U27 win. However, we know we have the rhythm so we want to give a victory to the whole of our team because we feel we all deserve it. I enjoy Tarmac rallies so we are ready to fight for top honours.”

Llarena’s Pirelli-equipped PEUGEOT 208 R2 is co-driven by Sara Fernández.

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Event preview: ERC Junior gladiators aim for Capitale gains in Rome

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 09:00

Some of Europe’s brightest prospects for future world rallying stardom will be competing when Rally di Roma Capitale hosts the resumption of FIA European Rally Championship action from 20-22 July.

The all-asphalt counter, which features stages in and around the historic Italian city, marks the halfway point of the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship for young stars in R5 cars – plus the third of six FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship rounds, with drivers competing in R2 machinery on Pirelli tyres.

Chris Ingram and Nikolay Gryazin have done the winning in ERC Junior Under 28 so far this season and Ingram’s inclusion on the Rally di Roma Capitale entry list – in particular – will be a significant moment for last year’s ERC Junior Under 27 champion. Illness forced him to stop early on Rally Islas Canarias and has kept him away from his Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5 until recently. Indeed, the Briton’s return to competition came on a recent practice event in Italy – Rally Internazionale del Casentino – which Russian Gryazin came close to winning, settling instead for second following a puncture in his Sports Racing Technologies Fabia.

While he’s yet to stand on the top step of the ERC Junior U28 podium, it’s ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland’s Fabian Kreim who tops the standings after a consistent start to the season by the double German champion. Sweden’s Fredrik Åhlin and his British CA1 Sport team-mate Rhys Yates have also finished on the ERC Junior U28 podium and will be contenders in Rome with Yates also learning plenty on Rally Internazionale del Casentino.

Laurent Pellier returns to ERC Junior U28 duty for PEUGEOT Rally Academy after winning ERC3 on last month’s Cyprus Rally where class rival Hubert Ptaszek was also competing, two weeks after claiming his first outright ERC podium on the EKO Acropolis Rally. Pellier got the opportunity to sample the bulk of the Rally di Roma Capitale stages in 2017 when he took part on the reconnaissance as part of the ERC Junior Experience training progamme. After engine issues ruled him out of Rally Islas Canarias, Jan Černý will make his first ERC Junior U28 start of 2018 for the ACCR Czech Team. Černý claimed category honours in Rome last year in a Fabia R5 and is now armed with a Ford Fiesta R5.

ERC Junior Under 27: Newcomers add to excitement in young driver class
Two newcomers – Sindre Furuseth from Norway and Sebastian Johansson from Sweden – will make their first appearances in ERC Junior Under 27, which is being led by Diogo Gago after the Portuguese won the opening two events of the season. Latvian Mārtiņš Sesks heads the pursuit of Gago in his ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team-entered ADAM R2, followed by Saintéloc Junior Team’s Simon Wagner (Austria) and Rally Team Spain’s RFEDA-backed Efrén Llarena. Briton Catie Munnings, ACCR Czech Team’s Dominik Brož and Italian Mattia Vita are the only drivers among the 12-strong ERC Junior U27 entry with previous Rally di Roma Capitale experience, while Vita is the only home-grown talent in the field. Austrian Roland Stengg impressed on his debut last time out. Miika Hokkanen has recruited a new co-driver in fellow Finn Reeta Hamalainen, as the Finnish R2 champion from 2017 continues his Tarmac transition with the Saintéloc Junior Team. Tom Kristensson, who is competing in ERC Junior U27 as his prize for winning the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup in Germany last season, will also be a contender for success.

ERC1: Lukyanuk playing catch-up in title chase
Russian Rocket Alexey Lukyanuk is playing catch-up when the ERC heads to Rome for the second time next week. After dominating the season-opening events in the Azores and Gran Canaria, Lukyanuk failed to go the distance in Greece and Cyprus in his Russian Performance Motorsport Ford Fiesta R5. His difficult run has handed Bruno Magalhães the title initiative with the Portuguese 15 points in front following a win and a second place from the last two events. Cyprus Rally winner and national champion Simos Galatariotis is continuing his ERC adventure with his Roma debut where he will come up against, among others, former Polish champions Grzegorz Grzyb (Rufa Sport) and Łukasz Habaj (Rallytechnology), Toksport’s Turkish charge Orhan Avcioǧlu and Germany’s Albert von Thurn und Taxis (Baumschlager Rallye & Racing). Juuso Nordgren, the rising Finnish star backed by ŠKODA Motorsport, continues to use the ERC to build his experience of international competition having won stages on the last two events.

A legion of Italian championship stars will also be in action and firmly in contention for ERC points. They include multiple national title-winner Paolo Andreucci, his long-term adversaries Simone Campedelli and Umberto Scandola, plus double European champion Giandomenico Basso, whose participation has been made possible after his manager at Movisport, Zelindo Melegari, withdrew his own entry in the ERC2 category. Campedelli (onece) and Scandola (twice) are former Rally di Roma Capitale winners. Marco Pollara, meanwhile, partners Andreucci in the PEUGEOT 208 T16-powered FPF Sport line-up.

ERC2: Remennik back to hold title advantage
Sergei Remennik returns to ERC2 duty on Rally di Roma Capitale leading the standings and now the recipient of a special award. Prior to the Italian event, Remennik and co-driver Mark Rozin were handed International Master of Motor Sports titles for their achievements in rallying by the FIA-affiliated Russian Motorsport Federation. Remennik heads reigning champion Tibor Érdi Jr, from Hungary, by 10 points with Argentina’s Juan Carlos Alonso third, seven points adrift of Érdi Jr, but effectively further back when the four-best-scores rule applies. Hungarian Csaba Juhász will make his ERC debut.

ERC3: Bernardi goes for win double
Frenchman Florian Bernardi will be bidding for a victory double following his debut ERC3 success in Gran Canaria. Second place in the French Clio R3T Trophy on Rallye du Rouergue Aveyron has set him up well for his maiden Rally di Roma Capitale, which ERC Ladies’ Trophy contender Emma Falcón will be tackling for a second time. Taiwan’s Dai Wei Yein is registered for ERC3 points having contested seveal European championship rounds in the past, as are the 12 ERC Junior Under 27 drivers, which include Falcón’s ERC Ladies’ Trophy rival Catie Munnings.

And in other news…
*Rally di Roma Capitale is as close as it gets to a ‘home’ event for Brazilian Paulo Nobre, whose Motorsport Italia team doubles as event organiser and promoter.
*After landing back-to-back ERC podiums, Norbert Herczig won’t be competing in his MOL Racing Team ŠKODA, the four-time Hungarian champion taking advantage of the ERC’s rule allowing drivers to count their best six scores from eight. He’ll return the next round in Czech Republic having used the break following the Cypus Rally to claim his sixth Rally Veszprem victory in his homeland.
*Aloísio Monteiro will be driving his ARC Sport ŠKODA Fabia R5 on asphalt for the first time but the Portuguese admits he has a preference for sealed-surface competition.
*ERC Junior Under 27 contender Catie Munnings will get her own TV series in her native UK in the coming months. A former winner of the ERC Ladies’ Trophy, Munnings will front Catie’s Amazing Machines on CBeebies, which is part of the BBC television network and is aimed at children aged six and under.
*Grzegorz Grzyb will be more than match fit when he lines-up for the start in Rome: he’s contesting the Enipro Rally Lueník, a round of the Slovakian championship, from 13-14 July.
*The RGT class has three entrants: Raphael Astier from France and Italians Andrea Nucita and Andrea Modanesi. All three are competing in the Abarth 124 Rally.
*Organisers have made a number of changes to the itinerary for 2018: Pico-Greci runs in an opposite direction to 2017 and is seven kilometres shorter. Roccasecca-Colle San Magno is slightly longer than last year due to its new starting location in the village of Roccasecca. Santopadre-Arpino is a new addition to the itinerary for this year.

Watch and listen
Highlights from both legs will be shown on Eurosport and available on Eurosport Player. ERC Radio will broadcast live from stage finishes and selected service park visits.

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Kajetanowicz step up an inspiration to ERC aces

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 06:00

Confirmation of Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s second world championship appearance since his capture of a third FIA European Rally Championship title will provide further inspiration to a number of drivers aiming to follow in his wheel tracks.

Kajetanowicz, who announced his participation on Germany’s round of the world series earlier this week, won a record three successive ERC titles with the LOTOS Rally Team, including in 2017 when he beat Bruno Magalhães to glory in a final-round decider.

For his graduation to rallying’s top tier this season, Kajetanowicz is embarking on what should amount to a four-event campaign in a Ford Fiesta R5. And of his Rallye Deutschland prospects, the Pole said: “The goal remains the same: we remember that in each rally this year we are rookies. However, according to our promises and also ambition, for sure we will do our best.”

The 2018 ERC season resumes on Rally di Roma Capitale in Italy from 20-22 July.

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Tarmac time: Monteiro set for Roma ERC action

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 06:00

Aloísio Monteiro will try Tarmac in his ŠKODA Fabia R5 for the first time when he contests the all-asphalt Rally Roma di Capitale next week.

Monteiro, for whom the Italian event will mark his third start in this season’s FIA European Rally Championship, is stepping up to R5 machinery in 2018 but has a preference for driving on asphalt.

“We are back to the ERC, fulfilling the objectives that we have proposed since the beginning of the season with our partners,” said Monteiro. “The few kilometres in tests were very useful in terms of learning and now we return on Tarmac, where we feel more comfortable. The tests carried out went well and we are confident in improving the results, although there is no pressure.”

Monteiro, from Porto, has recruited Sancho Eiró to co-drive in place of regular partner André Couceiro, who has a clashing work commitment.

Rally di Roma Capitale takes place from 20-22 July.

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Gryazin revs up for Roma ERC Junior attack with Casentino podium

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 06:00

Top ERC Junior Nikolay Gryazin underlined his status as a contender for victory on Rally di Roma Capitale with an impressive showing on Rally Internazionale del Casentino, a warm-up for the FIA European Rally Championship counter from 20-22 July.

Gryazin, in a Sports Racing Technologies-run ŠKODA Fabia R5, overcame an early puncture to come within 12.7s of winning, settling instead for second place behind Alessandro Re from Italy.

At the finish of the Tarmac event, Gryazin told Gianluca Nataloni from Rallylink.it: “It was good but a little bit difficult in some places and we lost the brakes in the end of the last stage. If we had not had the puncture in the morning maybe we would have been first. But this is rally and sometimes you can, sometimes you cannot go to the end. But I’m happy.”

Russian Gryazin, 20, is a favourite to claim top ERC Junior Under 28 Championship honours on Rally di Roma Capitale. He took class honours on Rally Islas Canarias back in May alongside co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov.

Photo: PhotoZini

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Ultimate sacrifice: Melegari gesture gives former ERC champion Basso Rally di Roma Capitale chance

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 09:00

Zelindo Melegari has made the ultimate sacrifice by pulling his entry for Rally di Roma Capitale so former ERC champion and fellow Italian Giandomenico Basso can contest his country’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship from 20-22 July.

Basso, European champion in 2006 and 2009, is part of Melegari’s Movisport driver management company but did not have the necessary funds to contest the all-asphalt ERC qualifier, which also counts for Italian championship points.

However, Melegari’s decision to cancel his own plans to tackle the event in the ERC2 category means Basso, who is also a double Italian champion, is now set to compete in a Team Metior-run ŠKODA Fabia R5 with new co-driver Moira Lucca from Switzerland.

“It was a difficult decision not to participate in my home round of the ERC after contesting the first four events of the season,” said Melegari, ERC2 runner-up in 2017. “I’m also really sad but due to the need to put the interests of Movisport first, I needed to step aside for this event to give Giandomenico the best possible chance to not only take part on the rally but to win it as well. It’s a good decision for Movisport and a good decision for Giandomenico and I would like to thank Team Metior and Moira Lucca for their support. I’m really happy that a previous European champion is back in the ERC battlefield.”

Basso has a strong record on Rally di Roma Capitale, finishing second in 2015 and third the following year. He said: “I am very grateful to Zelindo and all at Movisport, Team Metior and my new co-driver Moira for giving me this opportunity. As a former European champion I am really happy to be competing in the ERC again on what is a very prestigious and challenging rally. I know the competition will be strong but hopefully my experience and determination to succeed will give a good chance to fight for the victory.”

Meanwhile, Melegari has revealed his intention to return to ERC2 action later this season with two outings planned before the end of the 2018 campaign.

Rally di Roma Capitale forms round five of the 2018 ERC season and begins with a spectacular start followed by a driving tour of the city’s famous landmarks and a superspecial stage in the EUR district. In total the event features 15 all-asphalt stages over a competitive distance of 205.97 kilometres and closes with a seaside superspecial in Ostia to the west of central Rome on the evening of Sunday 22 July.

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ERC Junior champion Ingram back in action

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 12:00

Chris Ingram made his long awaited return with a top 10 finish on Rally Internazionale del Casentino in Italy yesterday – a planned warm-up for Rally di Roma Capitale from 20-22 July when he is set to resume his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship bid.

Ingram hadn’t rallied since early May when illness forced his withdrawal from Rally Islas Canarias. But he was back competing again in his Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5, coming home one place ahead of team-mate Orhan Avcioǧlu in eighth overall, a strong performance after several weeks of inactivity.

Two of Ingram’s ERC Junior U28 rivals were also in action with Nikolay Gryazin narrowly missing out on victory by 12.7s in second position and Rhys Yates completing the top 15.

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Amazing Munnings gets big break… on TV!  

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 06:00

FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship contender Catie Munnings will get her own TV series in her native United Kingdom in the coming months.

A former winner of the ERC Ladies’ Trophy, Munnings will front Catie’s Amazing Machines on CBeebies, which is part of the BBC television network and is aimed at children aged six and under.

According to the BBC, Munnings will “introduce the pre-school audience to some of her favourite machines and then buckles up to take them all for a test drive.

“Catie comes face to face with every kind of machine imaginable, from forklifts to lorries, ships to planes and trains to monster trucks.

“In each episode Catie will look at three different machines that share something in common and then pick her favourite.”

More than 20 15-minute episodes are planned with 20-year-old Munnings fitting filming around her ERC schedule with the Saintéloc Junior Team, which continues on Rally di Roma Capitale from 20-22 July.

Photo: Catie Munnings/@catierallye1

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Remembering when… ERC gladiator Bouffier won in Rome by 0.3s!

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 06:00

Bryan Bouffier defeated Kajetan Kajetanowicz by 0.3s in a thrilling final-stage shootout for FIA European Rally Championship glory in Italy on 17 September 2017.

Bouffier started the closing 11.75-kilometre test on Rally di Roma Capitale trailing the double European champion by 0.5s, but went quicker by 0.8s to win the closest finish in recent ERC history, as the lead changed hands a staggering nine times in 12 stages.

“For sure it’s amazing to win and especially in these conditions when you are fighting like hell,” said Bouffier, who became the first two-time winner of the season in the Ford Fiesta R5 he was sharing with co-driver Xavier Panseri. “We did our best and it’s amazing, it’s so great I start to fly a little bit. In all sport it’s nice to fight, it gives you adrenalin and this is what I enjoy. Big thanks to the team and to my sponsors for my two victories.”

Jan Černý won ERC Junior Under 28 for the first time in sixth overall behind Bruno Magalhães, Grzegorz Grzyb and Simone Tempestini, with fellow ACCR Czech Team driver Filip Mareš claiming his maiden ERC Junior Under 27 victory.

Tibor Érdi Jr secured the ERC2 laurels to close to within four points of the championship lead heading to the final round in Latvia next month. Elsewhere, Tamara Molinaro wrapped up the ERC Ladies’ Trophy title as Emma Falcón lost out on an event win when she retired with engine problems one stage from home.

Rally di Roma Capitale’s first appearance on the ERC schedule began in spectacular fashion and culminated in a dramatic final stage showdown. After bringing parts of central Rome to a standstill on Friday evening with a driving tour of the historic city under police escort, a floodlit superspecial stage in front of thousands of fans proved another highlight ahead of the ceremonial finish in Ostia, a popular seaside destination on the banks of the banks of the Tyrrhenian Sea and a short drive from Rome.

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ERC3 winner Bernardi aims for home treble

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 06:00

Having claimed ERC3 class glory on his FIA European Rally Championship debut earlier this season, Florian Bernardi is switching his focus back to the French Clio R3T Trophy this weekend.

Bernardi, who won ERC3 on Rally Islas Canarias in early May, is the top seed among Renault’s one-make contingent on Rallye du Rouergue Aveyron, which takes place from 6-7 July. Bernardi’s fellow Frenchman, Victor Bellotto, will co-drive their Fred Anne Compétition-prepared entry.

Rallye du Rouergue Aveyron is made up of 16 all-asphalt stages over a competitive distance of 209.30 kilometres. Bernardi and Bellotto are on course for their third successive French Clio R3T Trophy victory of the season.

Meanwhile, the 2018 ERC season resumes on Rally di Roma Capitale in Italy from 20-22 July.

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Johansson gets set for ERC Junior U27 bid

Wed, 07/04/2018 - 12:00

Sebastian Johansson will become the second driver to fly the flag for Sweden in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship when he makes his debut in the young driver training series on Rally di Roma Capitale from 20-22 July.

Johansson, 25, will join compatriot Tom Kristensson in the Pirelli-supported category, which provides the first step on the international ladder for drivers graduating from national level aiming for the top.

Based in Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland, Johansson will drive a PEUGEOT 208 R2 under the JR Motorsport AB banner. Fellow Swede Jesper Elfver will co-drive.

“We have been driving in the Swedish Junior championship for three years now, we wanted to develop and ERC Junior Under 27 is the best step for us to take,” Johansson explained. “We are completely new on Tarmac so we don’t aim for a top ranking on Tarmac, just the experience and the kilometres. But on gravel I will be aiming for the top three.”

Johansson, who switched to rallying following a prolific career in motocross as an 18-year-old, hopes his ERC Junior Under 27 campaign this season will lead to a full attack on the series in 2019. The world championship is his ultimate goal.

“We are really pleased Sebastian has chosen ERC Junior for his first international programme,” said ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley. “He’s proved his ability in motocross and rallying at junior level in his native Sweden. Now he has the chance to learn new skills by competing on Tarmac for the first time and building his experience of international events.”

In addition to JR Motorsport AB, Johansson will have the support of Ivisby Tryckeri AB and Lundins Bilpartner, plus his family and other long-term partners.

ERC Junior has been helping young drivers to learn, shine and climb in R2 cars on Pirelli tyres since 2014 with graduates including Fabio Andolfi, Emil Bergkvist, Jan Černý, Marijan Griebel, Nikolay Gryazin, Jari Huttunen, Chris Ingram, Stéphane Lefebvre, Łukasz Pieniazek and Julius Tannert.

Remaining events:
Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy, asphalt): 20-22 July
Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czech Republic, asphalt): 24-26 August
Rally Poland (Poland, gravel): 21-23 September
Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel): 12-14 October

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ERC crews will test to be best on Rally di Roma Capitale

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 06:00

FIA European Rally Championship crews contesting Rally di Roma Capitale later this month will get the chance to test for the all-asphalt round during a day-long session.

Taking place in Rocca D’Arce, 70 kilometres from the event service park in Fiuggi, rally organisers have arranged a 3.10-kilometre test stage from 08h30-18h00 on Tuesday 17 July. Click here for more information.

Meanwhile, Rally di Roma Capitale takes place from 20-22 July and counts as round five of the 2018 ERC season and the third event of the ERC Junior Under 28 and ERC Junior Under 27 championships.

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Seaside showdown for Rome’s ERC rally

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 06:00

Italy’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship is set for a seaside showdown when Ostia – on the banks of the Tyrrhenian Sea – brings the action to a close with a superspecial stage on Sunday 22 July.

The 0.65-kilometre Ostia Super Special Sky Gate in the Province of Rome is due to take place from 19h18 local time and forms SS15 of Rally di Roma Capitale.

Ostia, to the west of central Rome, hosted the finishing podium and prize giving when Rally di Roma Capitale formed part of the ERC roster for the first time. The inclusion of a competitive stage in Ostia represents another exciting milestone in the history of the all-asphalt event.

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ERC stars Remennik, Rozin honoured by Russian federation

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 06:00

The FIA-affiliated Russian Motorsport Federation has rewarded ERC2 stars Sergei Remennik and Mark Rozin with International Master of Motor Sports titles for their achievements in rallying.

Currently leading the FIA European Rally Championships production category, Remennik (pictured right) and Rozin (left) have also achieved success on home soil.

The RAF’s recognition follows an assessment of their achievements in 2016 and 2017, which include the Russian N4 title, the Baltic Rally Trophy and finishing third in last season’s ERC2 standings.

“I hadn’t expected that we would receive the title but I’m pleasantly surprised,” said Remennik. “Our families put in a lot for this achievement. It’s very hard to tolerate our sport, and, apart from work, our absence. And, of course, thanks to all those who support us constantly: sports team, mechanics, media service and our fans.”

Remennik and Rozin will be on ERC duty in their Russian Performance Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer on Rally di Roma Capitale from 20-22 July.

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Why it’s 15 and counting in the ERC

Sat, 06/30/2018 - 06:00

Fifteen drivers have taken stage wins in this year’s FIA European Rally Championship. And with half the season left to run, that number is set to increase when Rally di Roma Capitale takes place from 20-22 July.

Here are the ERC stage winners so far:

Alexey Lukyanuk: 22
Nasser Al-Attiyah and Bruno Magalhães: 7
Juuso Nordgren: 3
Dávid Botka (pictured), Nikolay Gryazin and Norbert Herczig: 2
Fredrik Åhlin, Orhan Avcioǧlu, Eyvind Brynildsen, Fabian Kreim, Ricardo Moura, Laurent Pellier, Hubert Ptaszek and Alexandros Tsouloftas: 1

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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)