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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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ERC drivers plan Roma practice

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 06:00

A number of FIA European Rally Championship drivers will warm-up for next month’s Rally di Roma Capitale with an outing on Rally Internazionale del Casentino.

Taking place from 6-7 July, the event is regarded as being ideal preparation for the ERC’s upcoming all-asphalt counter in Italy, which follows from 20-22 July.

ERC drivers set to take part include Chris Ingram and Nikolay Gryazin (pictured) – winners of the opening two rounds of the ERC Junior Under 28 Championship in the Azores and Gran Canaria respectively – and rising Turkish driver Orhan Avcioǧlu, who partners Ingram at Toksport WRT.

Ingram is planning to return to ERC action on Rally di Roma Capitale after illness forced him to retire from Rally Islas Canarias early and prevented him from starting the ERC rounds in Greece and Cyprus.

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Rome is where the heart is for ERC driver von Thurn und Taxis

Thu, 06/28/2018 - 06:00

Albert von Thurn und Taxis has the honour of competing in his adoptive Rome when the FIA European Rally Championship fires up again next month.

Although he flies the German flag on his Baumschlager Rallye & Racing ŠKODA Fabia R5, von Thurn und Taxis has been based in Rome for several years and is a fan of the city’s ERC round.

“It was a very nice rally last year, really beautiful stages through a special part of the country and I’m very much looking forward to it,” said von Thurn und Taxis, who scored his first ERC points of the season on the Cyprus Rally earlier this month.

“After last year’s [retirement in Rome] I’m really looking forward to going back and revisiting the stages, hoping there will be a bit of overlap between last year’s stages and this year. The rally is also close to home: I have been living in Rome for more than 10 years now so it’s emotionally nice as well.”

Von Thurn und Taxis is set to conduct a test on asphalt in Austria ahead of Rally di Roma Capitale taking place from 20-22 July.

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Nobre ‘homeward’-bound in ERC

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 06:00

Paulo Nobre will be competing at ‘home’ when Rally di Roma Capitale hosts the fifth event of the FIA European Rally Championship season from 20-22 July.

Motorsport Italia, which runs the Brazilian’s Palmeirinha Rally entry in the ERC, is also the driving force behind Rally di Roma Capitale, making the asphalt event as close as it gets to a home round for Nobre and co-driver Gabriel Morales.

And Nobre will head to Rome after being denied a second straight score in the ERC following a puncture on the opening leg of the Cyprus Rally earlier this month.

Nobre, who landed his first ERC points on the previous round in Greece, reached the finish in Larnaca in P14 but could have completed the demanding gravel event in the top 10 had it not been for the early delay, which he estimated to have been more than three and a half minutes.

“I am really happy to finish a famous rally like Cyprus,” Nobre said. “The stages were like a plantation of stones and without the flat tyre it could have been the top 10 for us, which would have been a big victory.”

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Melegari on form as ERC heads to Rome

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 06:00

The FIA European Rally Championship will resume in Italy next month with Zelindo Melegari back on form in the ERC2 category following a third and fourth in his last two appearances.

Last year’s ERC2 runner-up was out of luck on the opening two rounds in the Azores and Gran Canaria but has since scored well in Greece and Cyprus.

Although his participation on Rally di Roma Capitale from 20-22 July is unconfirmed at this stage, the hope is that Melegari will line-up for the start in his capital city alongside co-driver Andrea Marco Cecchi.

Following the finish of the Cyprus Rally in Larnaca earlier this month, Movisport diver Melegari said: “It was a good rally with some good times. I was very close to [Juan Carlos] Alonso because, for me, he is the reference as the other drivers are local drivers with more experience. I finished the rally so I am really happy.”

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Italy’s ERC counter set for spectacular Rome stage

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 09:00

Rally di Roma Capitale, Italy’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship, will get underway with a sensational superspecial stage in the country’s famous city n Friday 20 July.

The sixth edition of the all-asphalt event, a popular newcomer to the ERC schedule in 2017, kicks off with the fan-friendly ACI Roma Arena stage, a 1.80-kilometre, two-by-two duel in the EUR area of Rome from 18h30 local time.

Last year 20,000 spectators watched the action and the 2018 running is set to be even more popular as the ERC regulars take on their Italian championship counterparts.

ACI Roma Arena follows the ceremonial start from 16h45 and a spectacular driving tour of the legendary city with competitors following police escorts in groups of 10 passing by Rome’s numerous landmarks.

From its base in Fiuggi to Rome’s east, the event continues on Saturday 21 July before the closing stage on the streets of Ostia, a popular resort on the banks of the Tyrrhenian Sea, from 19h18 on Sunday 22 July.

In total crews will tackle 15 stages over a competitive distance of 205.97 kilometres. As well as counting for overall ERC points, the event forms rounds three of the 2018 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship and FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship.

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ERC3 podium start for Bereczki

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 06:00

Norbert Bereczki overcame several mechanical issues to finish on the ERC3 podium on his FIA European Rally Championship debut in Cyprus earlier this month.

He took third in the two-wheel-drive category despite driving a lone R1-specification car, which put out less power than those of his R3 and R2-equipped rivals.

The Hungarian, who was competing in a Suzuki Swift alongside co-driving compatriot Támas Géczy, was making his return to competition after a lengthy absence. Alongside Norbert Herczig (third overall) and Dávid Botka (seventh overall) he was one of three Hungarians competing on the Larnaca-based Cyprus Rally, which ran from 17-19 June.

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Polykarpou: ERC2 victory possible

Sat, 06/23/2018 - 06:00

Panikos Polykarpou could have won ERC2 on the Cyprus Rally had it not been for a time-consuming puncture on the opening stage of leg two.

Polykarpou had been the quickest driver in the FIA European Rally Championship’s showroom category on leg one and would have led the class starting the final day had he not picked up a 20-second time penalty for checking out of Larnaca service behind schedule.

However, his efforts to cancel out that time loss were severely hampered when he punctured on Sunday’s first stage. He was eventually classified fifth in ERC2 with fellow Cypriot Petros Panteli taking the victory over Michalis Posedias.

“If we forget the puncture we had the possibility to win ERC2,” said Polykarpou, who was competing under the Psaltis Auto Parts banner. “We showed our pace and can’t wait for future.”

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Ptaszek shows ERC restart pace

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 18:00

Hubert Ptaszek showed plenty of pace when he restarted the Cyprus Rally last weekend, claiming five top-10 stage times on the final day following his leg one rollover.

Ptaszek was in eighth place on the FIA European Rally Championship event following a spate of early punctures when he hit trouble on stage five, slipping outside the top 20 in the process.

His battling performance earned him P18 at the finish in Larnaca, two weeks after he landed his maiden ERC podium on the EKO Acropolis Rally.

Ptaszek will be back on ERC Junior Under 28 Championship duty when Rally di Roma Capitale takes place from 20-22 July.

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Belief key to Galatariotis ERC glory

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:00

Simos Galatariotis believed he could win the Cyprus Rally when he set out on the final leg of the FIA European Rally Championship counter last weekend.

National champion Galatariotis snatched victory on the final stage of the FIA European Rally Championship counter to become the first Cypriot winner of the event in 10 years, albeit by a slender 0.6s margin over Bruno Magalhães.

“I can’t tell you how much pressure has been released,” Galatariotis said at the completion of the final stage. “We deserved to win according to the circumstances, we finished the stage with a flat tyre but luck has been on our side. We were very careful for the whole rally to have no problems and everything worked well, this was the reward.

“I am sorry for the other guys but this is how it is. I believed I could win and I was pushing very much in the [final] stage. I won in a strange way but it’s okay like this.”

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Alonso back in the ERC2 hunt

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 06:00

Juan Carlos Alonso ended a frustrating run of events in the FIA European Rally Championship with an ERC2 podium on the Cyprus Rally.

After winning ERC2 on the Azores Airlines Rallye in late March, the Argentine failed to go the distance in Gran Canaria and Greece.

But he hit back with third in ERC2 in the Larnaca-based Cyprus Rally to keep his championship hopes alive at the halfway point of the season.

“To be here is wonderful for us,” said Alonso. “Thanks to my co-driver [Juan Pablo Monastelero], his pacenotes were just brilliant and big thanks to my team who made a new car from a broken car.”

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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)