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Loubet and Sordo to show World Rally Cars on ERC Rally di Roma Capitale stages

Tue, 06/09/2020 - 16:00

While several Hyundai i20 R5s will be used in the pursuit of FIA European Rally Championship success on Rally di Roma Capitale, two Hyundai i20 Coupe World Rally Cars are set to contest the accompanying Rally Stars event driven by Pierre-Louis Loubet and Dani Sordo.

Organised by Max Rendina and his team at Motorsport Italia, the driving force behind Rally di Roma Capitale, Rally Stars will use the same all-asphalt stages that are being prepared to challenge some of Europe’s best drivers on Rally di Roma Capitale, which is scheduled to take place from 24-26 July as the opening rounds of the ERC and CIR (Italian championship) seasons.

Drivers entering the standalone Rally Stars will contest their own event and will not feature on the Rally di Roma Capitale entry list, start lists or classification. They will not be eligible for the Rally di Roma Capitale title or trophies, nor will they be eligible for European or Italian championship points in accordance with the regulations.

Following the final Rally Stars entrant, an additional zero car will complete each stage before the first car contesting Rally di Roma Capitale starts. Subject to confirmation, there will be a 20-minute gap between the first car starting Rally Stars and the first car starting Rally di Roma Capitale. A strong entry for Rally di Roma Capitale, featuring some of Europe’s brightest young talents, is expected.

Rally di Roma Capitale and Rally Stars have been planned to include 18 stages over a competitive distance of more than 200 kilometres. Both events will be based out of Fiuggi, south-west of Rome.

Sordo’s most recent ERC event experience came on Barum Czech Rally Zlín in 2018 when he beat Miroslav Jakeš to third place by 0.3s in a thrilling finish at the wheel of a Hyundai i20 R5.

Loubet, whose father Yves became European champion in 1989, made his ERC debut in 2015 before going on to contest four rounds of the ERC1 Junior Championship between 2018-2019, scoring a class podium in fifth overall on Rally Islas Canarias last season.

Meanwhile, Craig Breen and Callum Devine, a Hyundai Customer Racing Junior Driver, are registered for the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship under the Team MRF Tyres and Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy banners respectively. They are both expected to compete on Rally di Roma Capitale in Hyundai i20 R5s.

Strict social distancing measures in place on Rally di Roma Capitale
Drivers, teams, staff members, officials, media and spectators* can register for their free-of-charge access pass for Rally di Roma Capitale via a new web platform developed by Motorsport Italia in partnership with ACI Sport.

It’s part of extensive efforts by Rally di Roma Capitale organiser Max Rendina and his team at Motorsport Italia to ensure the event complies with government restrictions and other directives. More information is available here: https://www.rallydiromacapitale.it/the-new-and-innovative-web-platform-to-regulate-access-to-the-rally-di-roma-capitale-is-now-ready/?lang=en

*The procedure to request spectator passes will be announced as soon as COVID-19 regulations allow

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Introducing… ERC1 recruit Niki Mayr-Melnhof

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 06:00

Austrian Niki Mayr-Melnhof will continue his, thus far, impressive transition from racer to rally driver when he embarks on a full-season FIA European Rally Championship campaign in 2020.

A completely different world: Following a successful GT racing career, rallying became Mayr-Melnhof’s focus from 2016. “The biggest differences from circuit racing is to know when you can attack 100 per cent and when you need to be a little bit cautious,” he said. “But it’s a completely different world because you are adapting to constantly changing conditions and the patience you need in difficult conditions.”

No time to waste: Mayr-Melnhof was in his third season of rallying in 2018 when he won the Austrian title. He made his ERC event debut on Rally Liepāja that season. He scored his first points on scoring on Rally Islas Canarias in 2019, before claiming a top-five finish on the Cyprus Rally.

Keeping DriftCompany with Welserscheimb: Poldi Welserscheimb remains as co-driver to Mayr-Melnhof, who is extending his partnership with former Austrian champion Beppo Harrach’s DriftCompany organisation, which will run a new-for-2020 Ford Fiesta R5 MkII.

Big season, big push: “The whole team has put a lot of effort into the preparation of the new season, spending the winter working on the set-up. I’m still learning the car but we had successful tests on gravel and Tarmac. I’ve also had good training with my coach, Zsolt Matics, at Fit4Race. He is an amazing trainer and pushes you to your limits and beyond.”

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Remembering when… pre-stage tweaaks prove costly for Franceschi in ERC3 Junior

Sun, 06/07/2020 - 12:00

If rallying was about pace alone, Jean-Baptiste Franceschi would have been at least a worthy runner-up to Ken Torn in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship category on Rally Liepāja last season.

But there’s much more to it than that, as the French talent found out to his cost on the final morning of the Latvian event back in May 2019.

Franceschi, who was co-driven by Jacques-Julien Renucci, had won on his ERC3 Junior debut on Rally Islas Canarias debut earlier in the month but had to settle for fourth place when misfortune struck.

“Before the start of stage nine it was raining a lot and I wanted to change something in the car,” Franceschi explained. “But I forgot to close the bonnet. From the start the bonnet was open to the end and we did 18 kilometres like this. Still there were some good points but we expected something better because as a competitor you always want to win. We made a mistake and it’s like that. But I [was] very happy about my pace for the first time here.”

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Opel’s ERC Juniors

Sat, 06/06/2020 - 12:00

Opel’s factory-supported team began its FIA European Rally Championship adventure in 2014 and celebrated ERC3 Junior title success in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Here are 10 drivers who flew the official Opel flag.

Emil Bergkvist (Sweden)
Swede Bergkvist made the most of his ADAC Opel Rallye Cup prize drive – a season in ERC3 Junior in 2015 – by winning the European championship’s young driver title at the wheel of an ADAM R2 run by the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team.

Marijan Griebel (Germany)
Griebel was part of the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team for three seasons, claiming the ERC3 Junior crown in 2016 at team-mate Chris Ingram’s expense. Griebel’s prize was a drive in a Škoda Fabia R5 on that season’s Cyprus Rally. He finished a fine second in what was his debut in the European championship’s top level.

Jari Huttunen (Finland)
Huttunen’s prize for winning the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup in 2016 was a season in ERC3 Junior in 2017. He took a class victory in Poland but couldn’t stop team-mate Chris Ingram from taking the championship honours on Rally Liepāja.

Chris Ingram (Great Britain)
Ingram joined the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team for his third ERC3 Junior season in 2016. After losing out on the title to stablemate Marijan Griebel, Ingram went one better the following year when he beat team colleague Jari Huttunen to the crown.

Tom Kristensson (Sweden)
Kristensson followed in a long line of ADAC Opel Rallye Cup title winners by graduating to ERC3 Junior as his prize for claiming the one-make crown. Despite completing the 2018 season with back-to-back class victories, he had to settle for second place in the championship reckoning behind team-mate Mārtiņš Sesks.

Elias Lundberg (Sweden)
The last of the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup champions to receive an ERC3 Junior prize drive due to the programme’s competition, Lundberg scored a debut category podium on the Azores Rallye in 2019.

Tamara Molinaro (Italy)
Competing under the Opel Rallye Junior Team banner, the Italian contested the ERC3 Junior Championship in 2017, placing seventh in the division and winning the ERC Ladiess’ Trophy.

Grégoire Munster (Belgium)
The talented Belgian showed plenty of pace and potential driving for the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team in ERC3 Junior last season.

Mārtiņš Sesks (Latvia)
Sesks belied his lack of international experience by winning both the ERC3 and ERC3 Junior titles during a stellar 2018 European championship campaign in his Pirelli-equipped ADAM R2.

Julius Tannert (Germany)
Tannert stepped up to ERC3 Junior in 2015 and switched to the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team for 2016 as the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup winner. He finished fourth in the final table.

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Landa goes 4 it in ERC Junior

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 06:00

Nikolai Landa will upgrade his existing Fiesta to the Rally4-specification version when he makes his debut in the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship this season.

Landa, 21, appeared on ERC The Stage, the internet talk from European championship promoter Eurosport Events, on Wednesday evening in the ERC Newcomer section.

He said: “Now it’s time step up my game, go all in and go to the ERC. I just love the rallies. The rallies are amazing, the locations so beautiful, the fans are incredible, crazy but I love that.”

Asked what he thought of the competition he’ll face in 2020, Landa said: “It’s really tough competition but I would like to race against these drivers. I’ve stayed really fit during lockdown with fitness training and simdriving to stay in touch with racing as much as possible.”

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Lukyanuk: I can’t wait to start the ERC show

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk emphasisd his desire to go rallying again when he appeared on ERC The Stage last night.

Lukyanuk joined FIA European Rally Championship rival Craig Breen, plus presenters Julian Porter and Chris Rawes, on the live internet talk show from ERC promoter Eurosport Events.

The 2018 ERC champion, who has spent lockdown in his adoptive city of St Petersburg, is set to drive a Pirelli-equipped Citroën C3 R5 when the delayed European championship gets underway as planned on Rally di Roma Capitale from 24-26 July.

He said: “The most important thing is to start driving again. When everything stops we’re losing the momentum, the sponsor is losing a bit the momentum and people are starting to follow different, strange things so it’s better to start the show and attract everyone back. I’m not thinking about tactics and points, the intention is to drive, be on the spot and have fun.”

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Breen, Lukyanuk next to star on ERC The Stage

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 06:00

With 14 ERC wins and one FIA European Rally Championship title between them, Craig Breen and Alexey Lukyanuk are the latest top duo to guest on ERC The Stage.

The live talk show from ERC promoter Eurosport Events is co-hosted by Chris Rawes and Julian Porter with episode three streaming from 18h30 CET today (Wednesday) on ERC’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

While Lukyanuk is preparing for his second season in a Saintéloc Junior Team-run Citroën C3 R5, Breen joins Team MRF Tyres to drive a Hyundai i20 R5.

ERC3 Junior recruit Nikolai Landa is this week’s ERC Newcomer, while double ERC Junior title winner Marijan Griebel will be making an appearance.

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)