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Missing Tarmac miles hit Munnings’ ERC3 pace push

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 18:00

Catie Munnings reckoned her non-start on Rally Islas Canarias and opening-day retirement on Rally di Roma Capitale masked her true pace in the FIA European Rally Championship last weekend.

Munnings was returning to ERC3 action after missing last month’s PZM 76th Rally Poland due to budgetary issues but was out of luck early on in Italy when a brake issue forced her to stop her Peugeot Rally Academy-entered 208 R2.

Although she returned under Rally 2 rules on Sunday, Munnings admitted it hadn’t been easy.

“It’s the kind of first time I was properly on Tarmac since last August and it’s so difficult when you are not practicing just to jump on the pace,” she said. “I was happy to be at the end, it’s always the goal in a rally, and we took some good kilometres. But I don’t know when I will be back next.”

Co-driven by Norwegian Veronica Engan, Munnings finished ninth in ERC3 and third in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy.

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New approach put Munster “directly in the game” in ERC3 Junior

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 12:00

Grégoire Munster explained how a new approach to the reconnaissance put him on the pace from the start of Rally di Roma Capitale.

Munster and co-driver Louis Louka were second quickest among the FIA ERC3 Junior contenders on the opening stage of Italy’s all-asphalt counter last week.

Although an error on stage five cost him a shot at his first podium in the young driver category, the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver had reason to be cheerful at the finish in Ostia on Sunday evening.

“We prepared a lot by watching a lot of onboard from the previous year,” said Munster. “We tried to make the perfect pacenotes just to be directly on the pace from the beginning because that was our main problem before. With the second fastest time [on the first stage], we were directly in the game and [that] was really good. But then I did a mistake on the fifth stage and unfortunately it cost us a good result.

“But we were fifth in ERC3 Junior, which is not bad, and we showed on the second day good pace. We did one fastest time [on stage 14] when everyone was fighting. Even in Rally 2 we were able to be quick and that’s a positive.

“It was a stupid mistake to be honest. I tried to be a bit wider [in a hairpin] because there was a kerb inside. Unfortunately for 30-40 centimetres I touched the kerb when I pulled the handbrake a little too early. Then it was game over because the driveshaft was broken. I’m really sorry for the team and all the people who supported us.”

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Why second in ERC1 Junior is “not the end of the world” for Ingram

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 06:00

Chris Ingram is adamant that he remains in prime position to win the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship when the title battle reaches its conclusion on Barum Czech Rally Zlín next month.

Ingram’s advantage has been cut to 30 points with 39 up for grabs on the season decider after he finished second to Filip Mareš on Rally di Roma Capitale last weekend following time lost with a brake issue on the opening loop.

“The first day was unlucky, frustrating but promising,” said the Toksport WRT driver. “At the end we’ve come through and got some points when a lot of the ERC regulars struggled. It’s not the end of the world [to have finished second] but I need to get my head straight and come back stronger in Zlín because I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself and overdriving on every rally.”

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Schwedt’s impressive pace goes unrewarded in ERC3 Junior

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 21:00

Roman Schwedt scored his first fastest stage time in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship only to retire from fourth position nearing the finish of Rally di Roma Capitale.

On his favoured asphalt and with returning co-driver Henry Wichura performing a supporting role in the Team ROMO Peugeot 208 R2, Schwedt was on course to finish fourth in the Pirelli-supported category only for engine failure to put him out on stage 13.

“It was a really big pleasure for me to win my first stage in ERC3 Junior,” said the German teenager afterwards. “I was happy with my driving – it was really good for me. I was disappointed with what happened but that’s it, heads up for the next rally when I will come back stronger. We showed good speed against the really quick drivers. It has given me new power.”

Schwedt continued: “It was a really difficult rally because the stages are crazy and difficult, bumpy and fast. We had some struggles with the clutch and the water temperature in the first run. Then after five kilometres [on SS13] we see something was not right and two corners later the engine broke and we are out with a technical failure. That was really sad, it happens, it’s rallying but we had some happy times and the feeling was good with the car and co-driver.”

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Antunes turns mechanic to finish ERC Rally di Roma Capitale

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 18:00

Pedro Antunes and Paulo Lopes needed all their technical know-how to finish Rally di Roma Capitale last weekend.

Part of the national federation-backed FPAK Portugal Team ERC squad, Antunes and Lopes were competing under Rally 2 rules following their stage one exit after striking a rock in the line and going off the road with suspension damage.

Having got over that setback, the Portuguese duo were pushing for an FIA ERC3 Junior stage win when a mechanical fault slowed their Pirelli-equipped Peugeot 208 R2, as Antunes explained.

“Because the drama was not enough on the first day, we had big problem on stage 14! The alternator belt and the water pump were broken. We had to stop because the temperature in the car was rising too much so we had to change the belt to get to the end. It was not a good moment, but the result would have been the same because of the time we lost on Saturday.”

Despite his myriad delays, Antunes once again marked himself out as a star performer with four top-three stage times including a fastest time on the final Ostia superspecial.

“This rally is more of what I am used to so I was thinking I would be fast here, in the top three. But with the unfortunate thing that happened in the first day I couldn’t be. It’s another experience, another rally and a great rally too.”

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Positive Arai looks ahead in ERC following “most difficult rally”

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 15:00

Hiroki Arai experienced plenty of positives after completing Rally di Roma Capitale in fourth place in the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship.

The Japanese, who described the event as the “most difficult rally” he’s done so far was competing on asphalt for the first time in his Citroën C3 R5. It was also the first event on sealed surfaces using Yokohama tyres and his first with stand-in co-driver Jürgen Heigl.

“It was thethe most difficult rally I have done,” said Arai, son of Japanese rallying legend Toshi Arai after finishing P11 in the overall ERC classification.

“We improved quite a lot during the rally and hopefully we can show a good pace on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, the next rally for us in the ERC.

“We have built a great amount of data for our tyre partner and it’s good to have another Tarmac rally [next]. We hope we can be really good in the future, that’s for sure, but I have to focus on my driving style and keep improving with the package that we have.”

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Polonski praises Nucita after first ERC Abarth Rally Cup win

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 12:00

Dariusz Poloński has praised his Abarth Rally Cup rival Andrea Nucita following his maiden victory in the one-make category and the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 division.

Poloński inherited Nucita’s comfortable lead when the Italian’s Abarth 124 rally developed a technical issue nearing the end of Rally di Roma Capitale’s opening leg, having overcome problems of his own during the day.

But after a trouble-free Sunday, the Pole was able to secure a double category win ahead of Zelindo Melegari and Nucita.

“I am happy, it’s always good to win but I know the guy who was the fastest should win,” said the Racingtechnology-run Poloński. “Andrea did a great job for all Abarth. He was pushing so hard, half of the R5 cars were behind him. He’s a great guy.”

Of his own performance, Poloński was naturally pleased. “It was a very tough rally. We had problems [on day one] but after the problems of the other guys our lead was quite safe, we safely managed and we did some progress so we are also happy about our times.”

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ERC’s Falcon enjoys that top-10 feeling in Rome

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 09:00

Emma Falcón impressed on her second ERC start in an R5 car by running in the top 10 on Rally di Roma Capitale.

Although a clutch issue and a time penalty ultimately dropped her to P12 in the overall FIA European Rally Championship classification, it was still a strong display by the Canary Islander.

“This rally was difficult, I need more tests to improve the set-up and know the car,” Falcón said afterwards. “The second day was a long day for us but we have a good team, they changed the clutch in the service park and we are very happy for this day to be at the finish and to have made all the kilometres.”

As well as winning the ERC Ladies’ Trophy for the second time this season, Falcónbrought her Rallye Team Spain-entered Citroën C3 R5 home in fifth place in ERC1 Junior alongside co-driver Eduardo González.

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Fan favourite: 90,000 visit Rome’s ERC counter

Wed, 07/24/2019 - 06:00

An estimated 90,000 fans visited Rally di Roma Capitale with more than 35,000 flocking to Ostia where the FIA European Rally Championship counter was decided with two runs through a spectacular seaside superspecial on Sunday evening.

Based on data gathered by safety marshals working on the rally, event organiser Motorsport Italia estimated that 54,000 fans watched the stage action in the provinces of Rome and Frosinone.

Max Rendina, the driving force behind Rally di Roma Capitale, said: “Our event has been dedicated to the people and the territory. We are motorsport enthusiasts and we try to involve as much people as possible with our passion and we are addressing not only the people living in the territory, but also people coming to visit these unique places in the world due to their historic importance, but also natural beauties.

“Rally di Roma Capitale and its side initiatives involved a lot of people and numbers are growing constantly, as is the media attention towards this rally. The capital and the whole territory involved have responded well once again as a constructive collaboration between all the people involved is necessary to produce a successful event and to make it grow. It still has a lot to offer.”

Approximately 1000 people were involved in organisation of Rally di Roma Capitale, which joined the ERC roster in 2017. Meanwhile, the Ostia figure includes fans who visited the various attractions and displays on Saturday.

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Lundberg on early Rome ERC3 Junior exit

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 18:00

ERC3 Junior podium finisher Elias Lundberg has explained why he was forced to withdraw from Rally di Roma Capitale last weekend.

The ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver complained of an issue with his left arm following Friday’s Qualifying Stage.

With the problem worsening during Saturday morning’s loop, Lundberg was instructed by his team to return to service ahead of schedule for treatment.

“It was not even the pain that hinders me so much while driving, but I can't grip properly with my left hand,” said the Swede. “I practically have to do everything with my right hand, which I also need to shift gears. So, driving fast on these demanding stages and at this high level like this was not possible.”

Opel Motorsport Director Jörg Schrott said: “It’s really a shame. Elias was determined to go all out, and he could have achieved a lot here. But to drive with this handicap would not only have been futile from a sporting point of view, but also dangerous. And health always comes first for us.”

Lundberg’s team-mate Grégoire Munster added: “I hope he will get back really soon.”

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Sesks: ERC prize drive experience unbelievable

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 12:00

Mārtiņš Sesks says the experience gained during his two-event prize drive in the FIA European Rally Championship was “unbelievable” after his second outing in an R5 car on last week’s Rally di Roma Capitale.

Sesks was handed two ERC starts in a Motorsport Italia-run, Pirelli-equipped ŠKODA Fabia R5 as his prize for winning the FIA ERC3 Junior title in 2018 from promoter Eurosport Events.

After finishing third overall and second in ERC1 Junior on the all-gravel Rally Liepāja in late May, Sesks was third in ERC1 Junior and eighth overall in Italy, his second prize run and his first appearance in an R5 car on Tarmac.

“I’m quite happy to be at the finish because we found a lot of new things, how to drive the car and for sure it’s only our second rally in an R5,” said the Latvian teenager. “Everything is new but everything was right. For sure I want to do more of this and for sure I want to do a World Rally Car soon, but that’s the next step. The prize I had from Eurosport Events was unbelievable, the experience I now have in an R5 car.”

Sesks, who was co-driven by Uldis Briedis for the first time, could have finished higher up the order but for a front-right puncture three kilometres before the finish of the opening stage on Saturday.

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After huge Poland crash, ERC Junior Llarena is “still in the fight”

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 06:00

Efrén Llarena bounced back from his huge crash on PZM 76th Rally Poland with a battling third place in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship on Rally di Roma Capitale on Sunday.

Rallye Team Spain driver Llarena arrived in Italy with a replacement Peugeot 208 R2 after his original, self-built car was damaged beyond repair when he and co-driver Sara Fernández went off the road at high speed, thankfully without injury.

The result on the all-Tarmac event in Italy keeps them firmly in the hunt for the ERC3 Junior title and the two-rally prize drive in an R5 car in 2020.

“After the big crash in Poland we tried to be here in Rome and we worked very hard,” said Llarena. “The Spanish federation helped me a lot, we can rent a car for this rally and since the first stage, the qualifying, we were on the times, on the pace. But five kilometres before the finish of stage one we had a puncture on the front right and lost almost 1m48s. After that we tried to be fast to catch another position.

“To finish in third is not so bad, we are still in the fight and we go to the Barum Rally still with all the possibilities and the chance to win the title.”

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New Abarth driver Melegari moves top in ERC2

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 18:00

Zelindo Melegari is the new leader of the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category following his second-place finish on his home event, Rally di Roma Capitale.

Having switched to an Abarth 124 rally for the all-asphalt counter, Melegari shrugged off his lack of experience in the rear-wheel-drive Italian sportscar to beat Andrea Nucita to the runner-up spot behind Dariusz Poloński, after a driveshaft failure slowed Nucita on the final run through the Ostia superspecial.

“I am happy because second position is important for the championship,” said Melegari, who has a 12-point title lead over Poloński. “Andrea is a very fast driver but we take points from him and it’s important. But it was a difficult rally, we knew this and it was a new experience for us with this car. But it was positive and we enjoy although there are some things to do with the set-up.”

Juan Carlos Alonso topped the ERC2 points prior to Rally di Roma Capitale but did not include the asphalt contest as one of his four scoring rounds.

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Cais produces best drive so far to make first ERC3 Junior podium

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 12:00

Erik Cais drove the rally of his life to claim his first podium in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship in Rome yesterday.

Cais, part of his national federation-supported ACCR Czech Rally Team, finished second to Ken Torn in a similar Pirelli-equipped Ford Fiesta R2.

With compatriot Jindřiška Žáková co-driving, the ex-downhill mountain bike racer delivered a hugely impressive display on Rally di Roma Capitale with six top three stage times in class.

“I am so satisfied, I am really happy,” said Cais, whose Fiesta is run by Orsák Rally Sport. “It was absolutely difficult, and you can see a lot of good drivers did a mistake. It’s my best result in rally so far and I hope we can keep this to the Barum Rally, maybe a little over as well!

“You can see how the guys are going fast on the bumpy sections and now we know that we can manage this on another rally.”

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Crugnola unlucky with 13 in ERC

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 06:00

Andrea Crugnola won 13 out of 16 stages on Rally di Roma Capitale – but it still wasn’t enough for a sensational debut victory in the FIA European Rally Championship’s top tier.

Although Crugnola had previously starred in ERC3 Junior by battling Stéphane Lefebvre for the category title in 2014, last weekend was the first time he’d driven an R5 car in the ERC.

Leading after three stages, Crugnola’s hopes came crushing down when he punctured on Saturday’s fourth test, which dropped him from first to P10.

“Sometimes rally can be cruel, and [Saturday] was my turn,” said Crugnola. “Since I got the puncture I just tried to push as much as I could to gain as many positions as possible. We deserve the podium this weekend because our pace was very high. I hope to come back to the ERC to win.”

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Polonski wins ERC2 as Rome podium battle takes final twist

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 21:20

Dariusz Poloński wrapped up a maiden win in both the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC2 category and in the Abarth Rally Cup, but a close fight for second took an unexpected turn.

Poloński had taken the lead after Andrea Nucita, who had led for most of Saturday, retired after stage five and didn’t look back, bagging vital points over his rival for the Abarth Rally Cup title.

Behind Poloński, a late battle was brewing between Loran SRL team-mates Nucita and Zelindo Melegari.

Nucita was the class of the ERC2 field, using home advantage and familiarity with the Abarth 124 Rally to great effect to win almost every stage.

Rather than sit back on his return on Sunday, Nucita pushed to the limit to catch Melegari, closing the gap to just 1.1s with two passes of the short Ostia superspecial to go.

Keen to make up the difference Nucita pushed to the limit over the artificial jump in the stage, but broke a driveshaft after a heavy landing and lost precious seconds, the gap between the two ending up at 11.4s.

Melegari now leads the ERC2 standings by 18 points from Nucita in second, who in turn has a single point advantage over rally winner Poloński in third.

The tables are turned in the Abarth Rally Cup, however, with Poloński now leading the standings by two points from Nucita.

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Torn takes a triple in ERC3 as brilliant Bernardi has last-minute heartbreak

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 20:46

Ken Torn extended his winning streak in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship to three in a row on Rally di Roma Capitale, but Florian Bernardi's show-stealing run of stage wins almost put him in the hunt for victory.

A tricky opening stage of the rally had set back a number of quick drivers: Torn (Estonian Autosport Junior Team) had lost around 40 seconds and Bernardi two minutes, giving Sindre Furuseth (Saintéloc Junior Team) an early lead.

But both Pirelli-shod drivers were straight back on the pace and after Torn had climbed to second place ahead of Saturday’s final stage, Furuseth crashed out, handing him the lead.

There was pressure from Erik Cais (ACCR Czech Rally Team) behind on Sunday though, Torn’s lead being cut stage after stage and nearly disappearing altogether when he clobbered a wall and broke his left-rear wheel.

Luckily for the Estonian, it was in the final section of the last stage before midday service, costing him only a few seconds and giving his team a chance to fix up his Ford Fiesta R2 before it had to go back into action for the next stage.

Despite the scare Torn kept his head down and protected his lead, successfully defending his advantage and wrapping up a third ERC3 win over Cais.

From attacking Torn in the morning, Cais suddenly had to look behind him as Bernardi relentlessly ate into his time gap.

Bernardi won all eight full-length stages and stole second place away from Cais heading to the Ostia superspecial, and by now was only 17.1s behind Torn, meaning he’d gained more than a minute on the Estonian driver since Saturday morning.

But there was a heartbreaking late twist: a hard landing over a jump on the first pass of the superspecial caused a puncture that cost Bernardi nearly two minutes, demoting him outside the podium positions.

Rallye Team Spain’s Efrén Llarena was the main beneficiary, retaking a podium place he had held for much of the rally before Bernardi’s stunning comeback drive.

Llarena had spent much of Sunday locked in a podium battle with Roman Schwedt (Team ROMO), the pair at one point separated by only 0.2s. But Schwedt’s dream of a first ERC3 podium was dashed on SS13, his car suffering an engine problem that forced him to retire.

Bernardi picked up fourth position despite his last minute delay in Ostia, ahead of a very fortunate Jan Talaš (ACCR Czech Rally Team).

Fifth place looked like a certainty for Talaš on Sunday afternoon but there was a spanner in the works come the Ostia superspecial, his car breaking down and refusing to start between his first and second runs.

His mechanical dramas cost him several minutes but, such was his gap to those behind, he secured fifth place by an unexpectedly narrow margin of Orhan Avcioğlu (Toksport WRT).

Avcioğlu’s sixth place finish on his return to the ERC could have been one place better, had he not picked up 90s of lateness penalties caused from fixing a problem with his car before stage three on Saturday.

Grégoire Munster (ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team) was running in a strong second position before breaking his steering in a slow speed impact, but returned from retirement on Sunday to pick up seventh in ERC3.

Cristiana Oprea picked up eighth in ERC3 on what was not only her ERC debut, but also her first ever rally in an R2-specification car. While Rallye Team Spain’s Emma Falcón took victory in the ERC Ladies’ Trophy on the road, Oprea scored maximum points, finishing higher in her car class than Falcón.

Completing the ERC Ladies’ Trophy podium was Catie Munnings, who had retired on the road section after stage one on Saturday and returned to finish P9. Fellow returnee Pedro Antunes (FPAK Team Portugal ERC) completed the top 10.

Gregor Jeets (Estonian Autosport Junior Team) joined Schwedt on the sidelines after retiring on Sunday’s opening stage with broken suspension, while James Williams and Elias Lundberg (ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team) did not retstart due to accident damage and health reasons respectively.

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Basso’s back: Double ERC champion wins in Rome

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 20:39

Giandomenico Basso was back on top form in the FIA European Rally Championship, as the 2006 and 2009 champion took the spoils at Rally di Roma Capitale.

Loran SRL’s contender for overall victory was well deserved, running in the podium places since the first stage and taking the lead on stage four, which he would not relinquish for the rest of the event.

His only mistake was overshooting a junction on stage 10, which cost him around 24 seconds and nearly put him within reach of Simone Campedelli (Orange 1 M-Sport Rally Team).

Campedelli gave M-Sport’s brand new Ford Fiesta R5 challenger its ERC debut in Rome and was immediately quick, storming up from ninth to third after tyre trouble on stage two.

That became second place after a time penalty for Alexey Lukyanuk (Saintéloc Racing), which demoted the reigning ERC champion down a place.

A first ERC stage win for the new Fiesta was scored by Campedelli on Affile-Bellegra, though on pure speed no-one could match Andrea Crugnola, who had led early on before a puncture demoted him to P10.

Crugnola was on a mission and won 12 out of the rally’s 16 stages to rocket up the leaderboard on Sunday, dramatically picking off Lukyanuk for the final podium place on the rally-ending Ostia superspecial.

Despite a penalty that lost him a potential second place finish, Lukyanuk’s title defence was still strengthened by the result, as chief title rival Łukasz Habaj (Sports Racing Technologies) crashed out on Saturday and only scored points for finishing fourth in leg two.

Filip Mareš (ACCR Czech Rally Team) scored a crucial ERC1 Junior Championship victory over Chris Ingram (Toksport WRT), the pair separated by 17.6s in fifth and sixth overall.

Thanks to his victory Mareš now heads to the ERC1 Junior season finale – his home ERC event, Barum Czech Rally Zlín – still with a chance of beating Ingram to the title.

Ingram and Norbert Herczig (MOL Racing Team) spent most of leg two swapping positions in fifth and sixth places, which became sixth and seventh when Crugnola went breezing past them on the morning loop.

Hopes for Herczig were high when he swiftly rebutted Ingram’s advances, thanks to the ERC1 Junior championship leader spinning twice on Rocca Santo Stefano. But it was only temporary relief, losing crucial seconds on the afternoon pass of Affile-Bellegra when he forgot to switch stage mode on for the opening kilometres.

Mārtiņš Sesks (LMT Autosporta Akadēmija) capped his second prize drive for winning last year’s ERC3 Junior championship with third place in ERC1 Junior. After an overall podium on familiar territory in Latvia, Sesks had picked Rome for his second prize drive to gain more experience on asphalt, turning in a consistent pace to secure eighth overall.

Umberto Scandola (Hyundai Motorsport N), the only two-time winner of Rally di Roma Capitale, ran in the top five on Saturday but an end-of-day puncture cost him three minutes and sent him down to ninth.

He was nearly a minute faster than Sesks across Sunday’s ten stages but such was Scandola’s time loss on leg one, he was too far behind to make up any positions on Sunday.

Vojtěch Štajf (ACCR Czech Rally Team) completed the top 10, catching and passing both Hiroki Arai (STARD) in P11 and ERC Ladies Trophy victor Emma Falcón (Rallye Team Spain) in P12 on Sunday after a difficult first leg had cost him several minutes.

Arai and reigning 2018 ERC Ladies Trophy winner Falcón also completed the top five in the ERC1 Junior classification.

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BREAKING NEWS: Basso takes his 19th ERC win Rally di Roma Capitale

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 19:40

Giandomenico Basso has scored his 19th FIA European Rally Championship victory on Rally di Roma Capitale, resisting late pressure from Simone Campedelli.

Basso (Loran SRL) is now eighth on the all-time ERC win list, tied with rallying icon Walter Röhrl and four-time French national champion Bernard Béguin, who was runner-up in the 1980 ERC season.

A two-time ERC champion himself, Basso used his near two-decades of experience to hold off the challenge of Campedelli (Orange 1 M-Sport Rally Team), who scored a debut podium finish for the new M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5.

“I’m really happy, it was a really hard race. Thank you to Loran SRL and to my co-driver Lorenzo Granai,” said Basso.

Filip Mareš (ACCR Czech Rally Team) scored his second consecutive ERC1 Junior championship victory to keep his title hopes alive, beating championship leader Chris Ingram to the top spot, also finishing fifth overall.

Dariusz Poloński (Rallytechnology) scored his first ERC2 production class victory in his Abarth 124 Rally, also picking up his first Abarth Rally Cup win of the year after three consecutive podiums.

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Watch the grand finale of ERC Rome on Facebook Live!

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 18:30

The FIA European Rally Championship’s adventure on Rally di Roma Capitale is coming to a close with two superspecials in Ostia, which are being streamed on Facebook Live.

ERC Radio reporter Julian Porter will host live coverage of SS15/16, Ostia - Super Stage Arena Aci Roma, with plenty of close battles still to be decided.

Two-time ERC champion Giandomenico Basso (Loran SRL) is on the verge of his 19th career victory, and behind him only one second separates Alexey Lukyanuk and Andrea Crugnola for the final podium place.

Click here to watch the final ERC rally action from Rome at 19h15 CET on our Facebook page.

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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)