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Rally Poland confirms Mikołajki base for ERC counter

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:00

Poland’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship will continue to be based in Mikołajki, organisers of the ERC’s longest-serving event have confirmed.

Scheduled as the fifth event of the 2020 season from 26-28 June, the 77th edition of Rally Poland is the 51st to be included on the European roster.

A statement from the rally organisers read: “Just like in its previous editions held since 2005, the picturesque town of Mikołajki and the Masuria lake district will host the 77th Rally Poland with flat-out action again running on spectacular gravel stages.”

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Hyundai reveals updated Rally2 challenger for ERC

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 06:00

Hyundai Motorsport has revealed an updated version of its multi-event and title-winning i20 R5, which will be available in time for the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season.

Conforming to the FIA’s Rally2 regulations, the i20 R5 ’20 comes with new dampers in both Tarmac and gravel configuration, as well as a more powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, now putting out a reported 290bhp.

Existing customers will be able to update their cars, while the new parts will be fitted as standard on all newly-built i20 R5s.

Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Senior Sales Associate Andrew Johns said: “The i20 R5 ‘20 represents the largest single upgrade to the car since it was revealed at the end of 2016. The first tests show a good increase in performance, and the feedback from our drivers on the handling and balance has been very positive. We will continue to finalise the exact specifications of the new parts, but I am already confident that the updates will make the i20 R5 ‘20 a very strong contender for national and international rallying.”

Redesigned door mirrors and a re-profiled roof-scoop offer visual changes, with the later improving airflow to the driver and co-driver. The gearbox and brakes will also benefit from improved cooling ducts.

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Kresta: Mareš winning ERC1 Junior title exceeded expectations

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 06:00

Czech rallying royalty Roman Kresta has admitted his protégé Filip Mareš exceeded expectations by winning the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship.

Driving a Kresta Racing-run ŠKODA Fabia, Mareš landed the title for young stars in R5 cars, beating Chris Ingram to the prize by 0.3s in a final-round, final-stage decider, despite missing the first two rounds of the campaign.

“This was a truly notable achievement for Filip and Jan [Hloušek, co-driver],” said Kresta. “We did not even expect such a result at the beginning of the season. This season was clearly focused on the results, but we aimed mainly to our local championship. Since Filip did not take part in the first two European events, the thoughts about a successful campaign came to our minds later on.

“Filip and Jan managed to make good use of last year's experience. They followed the plan and managed to use all our advice to their advantage. Both [Filip and Chris] drove great and extremely balanced, as evidenced by the final time gap at the finish. Congratulations guys and I sincerely thank the whole team and everybody involved for the hard work during the entire season.”

Prior to embarking on his hugely promising career, Autoclub of Czech Republic-backed Mareš was one of Kresta’s greatest fans, watching his now team boss him competing on national championship events and asking him for autographs.

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Monza success for ERC drivers

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 06:00

FIA European Rally Championship drivers past and present impressed at the Monza Rally Show last weekend with Andrea Crugnola winning in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 and Andrea Nucita completing the podium behind fellow Hyundai-powered driver Dani Sordo.

Using stages housed within the famous Italian Grand Prix venue, the Monza Rally Show is a popular end-of-season competition with the ERC-headlining Rally2 (formerly R5) category the main event for the first time this year.

Crugnola, a multiple stage winner on July’s ERC-counting Rally di Roma Capitale, took victory by 11.5s over world championship star Sordo, who scored a podium on a one-off appearance on Barum Czech Rally Zlín last season.

Nucita, the 2019 ERC Abarth Rally Cup winner, finished 3.4s behind Sordo in third and also earned €10,000 for winning the Hyundai i20 R5 Trophy.

Craig Breen, ERC runner-up in 2015, finished fifth.

Photo: Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing

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From stage to snow for top ERC team Sainteloc

Sun, 12/08/2019 - 06:00

Fresh from winning the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, top French squad Saintéloc will aim for more success when the Trophée Andros ice-racing series gets underway at the Val Thorens ski resort this weekend.

Saintéloc is fielding a three-strong team in the winter competition with WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO racer Aurélien Panis (pictured), plus Olivier Pernaut and World Rallycross driver Andreas Bakkerud forming its trio of Elite Pro drivers.

The Trophée Andros features six events with the final scheduled for Clermont-Ferrand on 1 February 2020.

Competing as the Saintéloc Junior Team, the Vincent Ducher-managed outfit secured the ERC’s entrants’ title through points scored by Sindre Furuseth, Sean Johnston, Alexey Lukyanuk and Ekaterina Stratieva.

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Kalendarz 2020

29-31.05.

Rally Liepaja (Łotwa)

26-28.06.

77. Rajd Polski

24-26.07.

Rally di Roma Capitale (Włochy)

28-30.08.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czechy)

17-19.09.

Azores Rallye (Portugalia)

09-11.10.

Cyprus Rally (Cypr)

06-08.11.

Rally Hungary (Węgry)

03-05.12.

Rally Islas Canarias (Hiszpania)