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Yates set for second ERC Kresta run

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 15:00

Rhys Yates will make his second appearance with Czech rally legend Roman Kresta’s eponymous team when he completes his FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship campaign on Rally Liepāja (12-14 October).

The Briton, who achieved a debut ERC Junior U28 podium with CA1 Sport, joined Kresta Racing in a late deal for Barum Czech Rally Zlín in August and has taken up another late offer to compete with the team, which runs a second ŠKODA Fabia R5 for Filip Mareš in the category for young stars in R5 cars.

“The opportunity came up two weeks ago to do this event with Roman again, so it’s all a bit last minute,” said Yates. “We aren’t really in any championship situation but we thought it’s a good event to go and do, go and get the experience and learn for maybe next year as well. Apparently the stages are similar to Poland, very sand-based, but I’ve not done much of that so it will be a learning experience.”

He continued: “It would be nice to get onto the ERC Junior U28 podium again and see if we can move on from our bad luck from Rome and Barum. We are going there to have a good push and prove our pace but we need to gain the experience so don’t want to put it off on the first stage through trying too hard.”

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ERC Rally Liepāja facts and stats

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 12:00

After seven all-action events, tears and joy and drama and excitement aplenty, the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship is heading for its final round in Latvia from 12-14 October. Here are your essential Rally Liepāja facts and stats.

In numbers:
6: Rally Liepāja has formed part of the European championship roster since 2013, making this year’s edition its sixth and counting.
4: The challenge will increase for crews contesting the combined ERC and Latvian championship finale with four stages all new for 2018.
12: Twelve gravel stages over a competitive distance of 205.83 kilometres make up this year’s route. Up first is Neste (Pērbone), which kicks off the action at 10h00 local time on Saturday 13 October.
24.99: Rally Liepāja’s closing stage, Liepāja (Tebra), is the event’s longest at 24.99 kilometres, which could result in a late twist with a number of ERC titles and finishing positions remaining up for grabs.
20: Nikolay Gryazin turned 20 during his winning Rally Liepāja weekend in 2017. Other winners include factory world championship stars Craig Breen (2015) and Esapekka Lappi (2014), plus inaugural victor Jari Ketomaa from Finland.

Fast facts:
*This year is a big one for Latvia. As well as following Mārtiņš Sesks’ exploits in winning the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship*, the country is preparing to celebrate turning 100 on 18 November.
*Rally Liepāja forms part of the Festival of Speed Kurzeme, which brings speedboat racing to the city’s Tirdzniecības canal, plus other motorised attractions to the local area.
*Liepāja can claim to be the only Latvian city outside the capital Riga to offer air, land and seat transport options, while its city council chairperson, Uldis Sesks, is a former rally driver of note and father of Mārtiņš.
*Rally Liepāja is the brainchild of rally driver turned promoter Raimonds Strokšs. Originally run in the winter, the event switched to the autumn for 2016. The new date effectively made for an all-new rally as crews adjusted to gravel stages free of snow and ice.
*Liepāja residents will get easy access to the service park this year with organisers bringing it back to the city-centre Jaunliepāja market square, located a short walk from the event headquarters.

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ERC Junior Brož turns superfan

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 09:00

Czech federation-backed Dominik Brož has been forced into the role of superfan for this week’s Rally Liepāja.

Brož had been expected to chase FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship points in Latvia. However, problems repairing his PEUGEOT 208 R2 following his PZM Rally Poland exit last month means he has withdrawn his entry from the ERC season finale.

“We will not be able to start on our favourite Rally Liepāja because we were not able to repair the car after Rally Poland,” the Pirelli-equipped Czech explained. “Despite this I will watch the race and I wish all of the competitors good luck. I am looking forward to seeing you in the next season.”

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Åhlin revs up for ‘home’ ERC counter

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 06:00

Fredrik Åhlin will make his Rally Liepāja debut heartened by the similarities between the stages in Latvia and those in his native Sweden.

The FIA ERC Junior Under 28 podium finisher is expected to challenge for a top result on the European championship finale due to his liking of high-speed gravel rallies.

“I’m a Scandinavian driver growing up with these roads [like Latvia] so I’m much more comfortable on the fast stuff than the technical narrow stuff like Azores,” said the CA1 Sport driver. “It should be a good weekend, we just need to get the package together. I’ve been on Tarmac for the last couple of rallies so I’ll need to rediscover the feeling for gravel in the test.

“I would love to be fighting with [Nikolay] Gryazin, he’s quick of course but we want to be fighting with him. But he’ll be blindingly fast.”

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New Remennik ERC livery comes to life

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 18:00

This is how Sergei Remennik’s Mitsubishi Lancer will look on this week’s Rally Liepāja, the Russian’s fifth and final appearance in this season’s FIA European Rally Championship.

After releasing a computer-generated graphic of the revamped livery last month, Remennik’s Russian Performance Motorsport team has now released images of the car in its final stages of preparation ahead of the Latvia-based finale from 12-14 October.

Remennik’s 2018 ERC2 season has been a model of consistency with four podiums from four starts. After skipping the rounds in Czech Republic and Poland, Remennik returns to ERC2 duty in Latvia alongside co-driver Mark Rozin.

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Baltic talents swell ERC Rally Liepāja entry

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 12:00

Several top talents from the Baltic States will be in action this week’s Rally Liepāja, the deciding round of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship.

They include recently-crowned FIA European Rallycross champion Reinis Nitišs from Lativa and Lithuanian Vytautas Švedas (pictured), a double national champion.

Nitišs and Švedas will be among the contenders for ERC2 honours, while Latvian Jānis Berķis pilots a top-of-the-range Ford Fiesta R5.

Other Baltic drivers in action include Estonian pair Allan Popov and Georg Linnamäe and Lithuanian Vladas Jurkevičius although the trio have not registered for ERC points.

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Can Finn Hokkanen fly higher in ERC Junior U27?

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 06:00

Miika Hokkanen plans to build on his maiden podium when the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship reaches its climax on Rally Liepāja (12-14 October).

Co-driven by fellow Finn Reeta Hämäläinen, Hokkanen finished third in the Pirelli-supported category on last month’s PZM Rally Poland.

And with high-speed gravel events second nature to the Saintéloc Junior Team driver, a second podium finish is the target in Latvia.

“I’m very happy to continue to race on gravel after I got some experience in the PEUGEOT 208 R2 in Poland and I hope that we can improve our speed in Latvia,” said Hokkanen. “Last year the race was quite wet, so it will be interesting to see what the weather will be like this year. But we will try to finish our season with a good result, as always.”

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ERC Junior U28 title showdown special: Kreim plays down chances

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 18:00

Fabian Kreim admits he faces the hardest task to finish Rally Liepāja on Sunday as the winner of the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship.

The ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland driver is third in the table and in a weaker position when dropped scores are taken into consideration having scored on all five rounds so far.

“I don’t think we hold the best cards in the fight for the championship to be honest,” said the double German champion. “Now we are down to third position and have a lot less experience on gravel than Nikolay [Gryazin] and Chris [Ingram]. But we promise to fight to the very end. Hopefully we can find a good rhythm and then we will try to learn as much as we can on gravel.”

If Kreim wins the ERC Junior Under 28 title he can choose a one-off drive in a 2016-specification World Rally Car on a European round of the world championship or a grant of 100,000 euros as part of an overall ERC campaign.

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ERC Junior U28 title showdown special: Ingram plots flat-out mission

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 12:00

Chris Ingram says he must top-score in FIA ERC Junior Under 28 on Rally Liepāja to boost his chances of winning the coveted title.

Ingram is seven points behind Nikolay Gryazin in the championship race and in no doubt of the Latvia-based Russian driver’s pace after he won this event outright in 2017.

“We have to win this event, we need to just go flat out but that’s going to be an incredibly difficult thing to do,” said Ingram, last year’s Pirelli-supported FIA ERC Junior Under 27 champion. “We learned a lot in Poland and improved a lot so you never know. It was great to learn how fast our car could actually go, it was a great experience so we are looking forward to finishing the year hopefully on a high.

“This is still my first year in R5 and we are managing to bang in podiums and it’s impressing people. In Latvia it’s all about trying to win the title and be up with [Nikolay] Gryazin, but I can’t tell you how difficult that is because he is on world pace at the moment.”

If Ingram wins the ERC Junior Under 28 title he can choose a one-off drive in a 2016-specification World Rally Car on a European round of the world championship or a grant of 100,000 euros as part of an overall ERC campaign.

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They said what? ERC Junior U28 title contenders on Liepāja showdown

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 06:00

Nikolay Gryazin, Chris Ingram and Fabian Kreim will battle to win the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship on Rally Liepāja this week. This is what the top trio, all young stars in R5 cars, have had to say ahead of the Latvian high-speed gravel finale.

Nikolay Gryazin (championship leader, 130 points)
“I am looking to have a good race in Liepāja. We hope to win the ERC Junior Under 28 title and the event itself like last year and we hope everything goes to that plan! We will push for the U28s but not to the absolute max but, if possible, we will push for that overall spot also. But I have to be careful, as this is the last chance to score points for the U28s.”

Chris Ingram (second position, 123 points)
“We have to win this event. We need to just go flat out but that’s going to be an incredibly difficult thing to do. We learned a lot in Poland and improved a lot so you never know. It was great to learn how fast our car could actually go, it was a great experience so we are looking forward to finishing the year hopefully on a high, and seeing if we’ll be back next year. It depends what happens in Latvia. This is still my first year in R5 and we are managing to bang in podiums and it’s impressing people. In Latvia it’s all about trying to win the title and be up with [Nikolay] Gryazin, but I can’t tell you how difficult that is because he is on world pace at the moment.”

Fabian Kreim (third position, 122 points)
“I don’t think we hold the best cards in the fight for the championship to be honest. Now we are down to third position and have a lot less experience on gravel than Nikolay [Gryazin] and Chris [Ingram]. But we promise to fight to the very end. Hopefully we can find a good rhythm and then we will try to learn as much as we can on gravel.”

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‘Veteran’ Klausz still an ERC Junior in Latvia

Sun, 10/07/2018 - 06:00

Kristóf Klausz will be one of the most experienced drivers in the field when Rally Liepāja brings the curtain down on the all-action 2018 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship season next week – despite being one of the youngest.

Klausz, who turned 22 in the summer, has taken part on the Latvian event five times and admits he’s in love with the high-speed gravel stages.

“It is going to be our fifth Rally Liepāja, I really love this rally,” said the Hungarian, who drives a Pirelli-equipped PEUGEOT 208 R2. “The stages are really fast and so hard to get the good rhythm and compete against the local heroes.

“Our plan for the rally is developing and we want to keep on the move with the fastest juniors, reach the finish line with a good result.”

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PEUGEOT pilot Pellier plots strong ERC Junior U28 finale

Sat, 10/06/2018 - 06:00

Laurent Pellier will complete his stint as the recipient of the PEUGEOT Rally Academy prize drive in the FIA European Rally Championship when the 2018 reaches its climax on Rally Liepāja from 12-14 October.

Pellier earned his opportunity by winning the 208 Rally Cup in his native France last season, which also gave him the chance to step up from two- to four-wheel-drive machinery.

A graduate of the ERC Junior Experience, Pellier has belied his lack of knowledge of R5 performance to become a regular points-scorer in ERC Junior Under 28, as well as claiming an outright stage win on Rally Islas Canarias in May.

“Since my participation in the ERC Junior Experience here in 2017, I'm going to Latvia with a lot of stages to discover in a four-wheel-drive car,” said Pellier. “The competitive distance will be just above 200 kilometres so we need to be attentive and focus during reconnaissance and Free Practice to be 100 per cent ready.

“The roads can be wide then narrow and some times we have to throw off the ropes and go in big drifts without braking. We hope we can get a good result with the PEUGEOT 208 T16 during the final round. We want to finish the season with the best result possible for the PEUGEOT Rally Academy.”

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Home hero Sesks prepares for high-speed lap of honour in ERC Junior U27

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 18:00

With the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship secured*, Mārtiņš Sesks will be able to treat his home event as a high-speed lap of honour.

The ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver, who hails from Liepāja, was part of the ERC Junior Experience driver training programme 12 months ago but is now savouring the capture of a hugely important title for rising talents in R2 cars on Pirelli tyres.

“Coming to my home rally as the newly-crowned ERC Junior Under 27 champion is much better than I had dreamed of before the beginning of the season,” said the 19-year-old. “It’s going to be a gravel festival around my home town in front of the eyes of family, friends and fans. It’s going to be tough and spectacular.”

Tom Kristensson partners Sesks at the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team, driving a second ADAM R2. The Swede won the last round in Poland and also triumphed in the RC4 category when he made his ERC debut on Rally Liepāja last October.

Promising Norwegian Sindre Furuseth will be hoping to put a run of bad luck behind him in his ADAM, while Finn Miika Hokkanen demonstrated his gravel potential with third in Poland for the Saintéloc Junior Team, which runs a second PEUGEOT 208 R2 for ERC Ladies’ Trophy title contender Catie Munnings.

Hungary’s Kristóf Klausz and Austrian Roland Stengg will also be in contention for strong finishes in Latvia, as will Italian Mattia Vita, who has finished fourth in class on the last three events.

ACCR Czech Rally Team’s Dominik Brož is still working to finalise his participation on the event due to a combination of funding and parts-supply issues.

Having completed his competitive schedule for the season, which included a maiden class triumph in Poland, Rally Team Spain’s Efrén Llarena will be in Liepāja for the ERC Junior Experience training programme and event reconnaissance.

Rally Liepāja closes the 2018 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship season from 12-14 October.

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Event preview: Young rally stars eye the prize on ERC Junior U28 finale

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 12:00

As well as bidding to win the ERC Junior U28 […]

As well as bidding to win the ERC Junior U28 title on Rally Liepāja, the talented trio will battle for a prize drive in a World Rally Car on a European round of the world championship in 2019**, which goes to the eventual champion. Inaugural title-winner Marijan Griebel used his prize to score overall points on ADAC Rallye Deutschland last August driving a Citroën DS3 WRC.

Russian Gryazin, who lives in the Latvian capital Riga and competes under a Latvian licence, is in a strong position to land ERC Junior U28 gold. The 20-year-old, who won Rally Liepāja outright in 2017, has three class wins to his name this season. With regulations allowing drivers to count their best four scores only, a fourth victory would ensure the Sports Racing Technologies’ driver becomes champion, regardless of what Ingram and Kreim can achieve in their similar ŠKODA Fabia R5s.

“We hope to win the ERC Junior U28 title and the event itself,” said Gryazin. “We will push for the title but not to the absolute max because I have to be careful as this is the last chance to score points.”

Brit Ingram (Toksport WRT) and ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland’s double German champion Kreim have both taken a win apiece this year. With one round remaining, Ingram is seven points down on Gryazin with Kreim one point further back.

Ingram, who graduated to the category for young stars in R5 cars as the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior U27 champion from 2017, said: “We have to win this event. We need to just go flat out although that’s going to be an incredibly difficult thing to do. But we learned a lot in Poland and improved a lot so you never know.”

Third-placed Kreim said: “I don’t think we hold the best cards in the fight for the championship. We are in third position and have a lot less experience on gravel than Nikolay and Chris. But we promise to fight to the very end. Hopefully we can find a good rhythm and then learn as much as we can.”

As well as the three title chasers, Swede Fredrik Åhlin is a known quantity on gravel, as is Briton Rhys Yates, who will be competing in Latvia one week after contesting his country’s round of the world championship. Yates is back in a Fabia R5 for Roman Kresta’s eponymous squad, which also oversees the ACCR Czech Rally Team entry of Filip Mareš. Backed by his national federation, Mareš made his gravel debut in an R5 car on last month’s PZM Rally Poland and was able to build his experience throughout the event, as did PEUGEOT Rally Academy’s rapid Frenchman Laurent Pellier.

*Subject to confirmation of the final results by the FIA
**In order to serve the best interests of the eventual ERC Junior U28 champion, FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events will offer a financial grant of €100,000 for a programme of ERC events in 2019 in an R5 car as an alternative to the World Rally Car prize drive. There is no restriction on team or car choice but the grant has to cover two ERC rallies will paid in two instalments: €50,000 after the first and €50,000 after the second.

Home hero Sesks prepares for high-speed lap of honour in ERC Junior 27
With the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship secured*, Mārtiņš Sesks will be able to treat his home event as a high-speed lap of honour. The ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver, who hails from Liepāja, was part of the ERC Junior Experience driver training programme 12 months ago but is now savouring the capture of a hugely important title for rising talents in R2 cars. “Coming to my home rally as the newly-crowned ERC Junior Under 27 champion is much better than I had dreamed of before the beginning of the season,” said the 19-year-old. “It’s going to be a gravel festival around my home town in front of the eyes of family, friends and fans. It’s going to be tough and spectacular.” Tom Kristensson partners Sesks at the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team, driving a second ADAM R2. The Swede won the last round in Poland and also triumphed in the RC4 category when he made his ERC debut on Rally Liepāja last October. Promising Norwegian Sindre Furuseth will be hoping to put a run of bad luck behind him in his ADAM, while Finn Miika Hokkanen demonstrated his gravel potential with third in Poland for the Saintéloc Junior Team, which runs a second PEUGEOT 208 R2 for ERC Ladies’ Trophy title contender Catie Munnings. Hungary’s Kristóf Klausz and Austrian Roland Stengg will also be in contention for strong finishes in Latvia, as will Italian Mattia Vita, who has finished fourth in class on the last three events. ACCR Czech Rally Team’s Dominik Brož is still working to finalise his participation on the event due to a combination of funding and parts-supply issues. Having completed his competitive schedule for the season, which included a maiden class triumph in Poland, Rally Team Spain’s Efrén Llarena will be in Liepāja for the ERC Junior Experience training programme and event reconnaissance.

ERC2 champion Érdi Jr steps up with ŠKODA Fabia R5
Tibor Érdi Jr
will step up to the FIA European Rally Championship’s big league when he contests the Rally Liepāja in a ŠKODA Fabia R5. Hungarian Érdi Jr claimed the ERC2 title* for the second year running with his fourth victory of the campaign on Barum Czech Rally Zlín in late August. And with championship honours secured, the 35-year-old Érdi Jr will switch from Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X to ŠKODA Fabia R5 power in Latvia as part of preparations for 2019 when a full season of R5 action is being targeted. “We skipped Rally Poland to collect our ŠKODA Fabia R5 and we’re very excited to have this opportunity at the end of a great season for us,” said Érdi Jr. “We drove a ŠKODA Fabia R5 on the Mikulás Rally in Hungary two years ago and now we’re beginning our preparations for next year by doing as many kilometres as possible. I learn a World Rally Car for many years so it’s not a problem to drive this faster car, which opens a new feeling for me.”

Falcón and Munnings equal in ERC Ladies’ Trophy title chase
The battle for the ERC Ladies’ Trophy will be decided on the final round of the FIA European Rally Championship in Latvia. After seven events, Emma Falcón and Catie Munnings are equal on 275 points when dropped scores are taken into account. Munnings, part of the Saintéloc Junior Team line-up in a PEUGEOT 208 R2, has top-scored on the last three events, including September’s PZM Rally Poland, which Falcón was unable to contest, and won the ERC Ladies’ Trophy in 2016 in her first season of rallying. Having campaigned an R3-specification Citroën DS3 since the start of the year, Canary Islander Falcón switches to a 208 R2, putting her in direct competition with Munnings and removing the power advantage she once enjoyed.

Baltic talents swell Rally Liepāja entry
Several top talents from the Baltic States will be in action on Rally Liepāja. They include recently-crowned FIA European Rallycross champion Reinis Nitišs from Lativa and Lithuanian Vytautas Švedas, a double national champion. Nitišs and Švedas will be among the contenders for ERC2 honours, while Latvian Jānis Berķis pilots a top-of-the-range Ford Fiesta R5.

Solberg Jr brings one to watch in ERC3
*Oliver Solberg, the teenaged son of former world champion Petter Solberg, will make his FIA European Rally Championship debut having impressed in the national section of Rally Liepāja last season. The Norwegian is one of 15 drivers in the ERC3 division, which also includes his compatriot Sindre Furuseth. Solberg’s partnership with co-driver Veronica Engan has resulted in Eyvind Brynildsen, another Norwegian talent on the entry, recruiting Austrian Ilka Minor to co-drive his Ford Fiesta R5 as he bids for a strong result.

And in other news…
*Toksport WRT’s Orhan Avcioglu, from Turkey, will continue his learning mission when he makes his Rally Liepāja debut having shown plenty of promise in the ERC thus far.
*Former Polish champion Łukasz Habaj will make his third start in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 having switched from a Ford Fiesta R5. He finished on the podium on Rally Liepāja in 2017.
*Sergei Remennik returns to ERC2 duty in Latvia armed with a new livery on his Russian Performance Motorsport Mitsubishi Lancer. The new look keeps tradition with Remennik’s traditional black and green colour scheme but is now more refined.
*Austrian Niki Mayr-Melnhof makes his ERC debut in a Ford Fiesta R5, while Paulo Nobre will complete his season-long campaign in a Motorsport Italia Fabia R5, having travelled from Brazil for each event.
*Romanian Simone Tempestini will make his second start in a Fiat 124 Abarth RGT on gravel having tried the car on loose surfaces for the first time on Rally Poland last month.

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.

ERC standings
Click here for provisional standings after Round 7 of 8

ERC statistics
ERC rally wins in 2018: Lukyanuk 3, Galatariotis, Gryazin, Kopecký and Magalhães 1
ERC stage wins in 2018: Lukyanuk 30; Gryazin 12; Magalhães 8; Al-Attiyah 7 and Huttunen 7; Basso, Campedelli, Jakeš and Nordgren 3; Botka, Herczig and Kreim 2; Åhlin, Avcioǧlu, Brynildsen, Ingram, Mareš, Moura, Pellier, Ptaszek and Tsouloftas 1

*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA.

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Latvian star Nitišs admits he still needs to learn ahead of ERC return

Fri, 10/05/2018 - 09:00

Reinis Nitišs will start his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship next week aiming to learn more rather than attempt to win the ERC2 category for the second year running.

The Latvian ace, who starts Rally Liepāja as the FIA European Rallycross champion, tackles selected rallies alongside his rallycross programme each season. He’ll contest the ERC season closer from 12-14 October in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.

“I have already done two rallies this season and have a feeling for a good race for the best class results in Liepāja,” said Nitišs. “At the same time, we have to keep in mind, that there is plenty of learning still to be done before comparing ourselves with the fastest crews out there. Uniquely, rally is a very a long and demanding discipline of motorsports. In order to cope with that the mental and physical preparation has already began, so I could be on the sharp edge throughout the weekend – from the start of recce to the very last special stage.

“This will be my third time doing Rally Liepāja and even though I have some understanding of the special stages, it is not that I know them by heart. It’s my last rally this season, and I could not wish for a better ending as to compete in front of my fellow supporters – moreover, on such a high level as the European championship brings. A week before the event, I am really looking forward to a perfectly organised competition, and great battles in ERC.”

Photo: SET Promotion

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Mareš calls on Poland knowledge for Latvia ERC Junior gains

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 18:00

Czech talent Filip Mareš will call on experience gained during last month’s PZM Rally Poland when he makes his second start in an R5 car on gravel in Latvia next week.

The ACCR Czech Rally Team driver will chase success in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship, the category for young stars in R5 cars, on Rally Liepāja from 12-14 October.

With the knowledge and confidence gained in Poland, Mareš is hoping to make more progress in his Kresta Racing-run ŠKODA Fabia R5.

“Rally Poland has given us a lot of experience and, at the same time, has shown us a few aspects that we need to change or fundamentally improve,” said the ERC Junior Under 27 graduate. “And it's great, the opportunity to do the steps forward comes, thanks to ACCR Czech Rally Team, right now with Rally Liepāja. Anyway, with the kilometres completed in Poland, we know much better what to expect with an R5 on gravel, and we already can't wait the start of the rally!”

Mareš, who is forgoing an outing on the Czech championship finale to compete in Latvia, continued: “We have our own goals for the rally, but the most important one is to finish all the stages and take another significant experience for the future.  On the other side, we participated on Rally Liepāja last year and, together with the experience from Poland, we would like to be evidently closer to the fastest ones and concurrently more consistant in terms of time lost per kilometre.”

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Furuseth thanks special sponsor for Liepāja ERC Junior run

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 12:00

Sindre Furuseth has thanked his “special” sponsor for ensuring his return to FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship action on Rally Liepāja.

The Norwegian has been fast but out of luck since making his debut in the Pirelli-backed category on Rally di Roma Capitale in July.

After skipping last month’s PZM Rally Poland, Norwegian Furuseth is back in his SF Rally Opel ADAM R2 with co-driver Jim Hjerpe from Sweden.

“We have shown our speed on Tarmac but without getting to the finish,” said Furuseth. “Now it is time to do the same on gravel, but finish the rally as well. We have some fast sections in Norway, but I think the surface will be different in Latvia so we will need to adapt quickly on our pre-event test. We have a special sponsor for this event, so thanks a lot to TRODO.Iv for our cooperation on this rally. We want to finish the season with a great result.”

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Former ERC champion Kajto to show his musical side

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 06:00

Kajetan Kajetanowicz, the first driver to win the FIA European Rally Championship three years consecutively, will be starring on television in his native Poland next week.

Kajetanowicz will appear on Poland’s version of Name That Tune along with Tomasz Kuchar (former Hyundai world championship driver), Klaudia Podkalicka (female rally and racing driver) and Karolina Pilarczyk (female drift driver). The show, which has been made for charity, is due to air on 13 October.

Meanwhile, the 2018 ERC season concludes on Rally Liepāja from 12-14 October. With Alexey Lukyanuk crowned champion*, the focus switches to the battle for the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship between Nikolay Gryazin, Chris Ingram and Fabian Kreim.

*Subject to confirmation of the final results by the FIA

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Rally Liepāja itinerary: 12 stages, 205.83 kilometres of high-speed gravel action for ERC aces

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 18:00

The deciding round of the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship will be fought out on the high-speed gravel roads of Rally Liepāja next week.

Organisers have devised an exciting 12-stage route covering a competitive distance of 205.83 kilometres with the opening Neste 1 (Pērbone) test kicking off the action at 10h00 local time on Saturday 13 October. The popular Latvian event then concludes with the Liepāja (Tebra) test from 16h30 on Sunday 14 October.

The closing run is the rally’s longest at 24.99 kilometres, which could result in a late twist as a number of ERC titles and finishing positions remain up for grabs.

Before the rally proper begins, Free Practice gets underway at 13h00 local time on Friday 12 October with the Qualifying Stage following at 15h30.

Click here to view the full itinerary.

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Countdown to the showdown: ERC Junior Under 28 title up for grabs in Latvia

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 12:00

The FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship will be decided on Rally Liepāja from 12-14 October with three young stars in R5 cars firmly in contention for the coveted title.

Nikolay Gryazin, Chris Ingram and Fabian Kreim can all win and follow in the wheel tracks of inaugural champion Marijan Griebel from Germany.

With dropped scores applied, Gryazin heads the standings with 130 points, seven up on Ingram and eight in front of Kreim. Gryazin has three wins compared to the single victories scored by Ingram and Kreim.

Stay tuned to FIAERC.com for the latest updates coming soon.

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PZM 75. Rajd Polski / PZM 75th Rally Poland

PZM 75. Rajd Polski

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)