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Next-generation Griebels take note: don’t delay register for ERC Junior today!

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 18:00

Drivers aiming to emulate Marijan Griebel’s FIA ERC Junior title double can register for ERC1 Junior or ERC3 Junior via a new online entry portal.

Griebel, from Germany, famously won back-to-back ERC Junior titles, claiming the ERC3 crown in 2016 before landing the ERC1 version the following season. Earlier today, the 30-year-old talent’s FIA European Rally Championship campaign in a Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3 R5 was announced.

The ERC Junior entry portal information on eligibility and also includes a link to the FIA online registration process that must be followed before drivers can sign up for either ERC Junior championship. The entry portal is available at this link: https://www.fiaerc.com/erc-junior-entry-form/ 

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Gr-eat news! Double ERC Junior champion Griebel returns

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 12:00

Having won back-to-back ERC3 and ERC1 Junior titles, Marijan Griebel will chase more success in the FIA European Rally Championship in 2020, armed with a Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3 R5.

Griebel, 30, is joining the winner of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship for Teams for what is initially a five-event campaign but could be extended to include more rounds depending on budget.

A serving police officer, Griebel is one of Germany’s best rally drivers having taken the national title in 2018 and scored world championship points in the same year, when he finished eighth overall on ADAC Rallye Deutschland in a Citroën DS3 WRC.

“Saintéloc has massive ERC experience, working together with stars like Craig Breen and Alexey Lukyanuk in the past, and I’m convinced they will give me a fast car,” said Griebel, who will be co-driven by Stefan Kopczyk for the first two events before Pirmin Winklhofer takes over. “In contrast to my programme last year, I’ll have a test before each round and will be much better prepared than in 2019. So, it should be a great opportunity.”

Serious competition just part of the ERC’s appeal
Griebel made his European championship debut in 2014 for a three-event campaign. After winning the ERC3 Junior title in 2016, he stepped up to R5 (now Rally2) level and promptly won the 2017 ERC1 Junior crown, having finished second on his debut in the category on the ERC-counting Cyprus Rally the previous October. He’s a big fan of the championship and the competition on offer.

“The ERC has totally cool rallies with demanding stages on some of the most beautiful places of our continent,” Griebel said. “I guess the competition will be even higher than the years before with a lot of fast drivers having already published their full-season campaigns. So, every rally will be a unique challenge again and I can’t wait to get started.”

Title prospects being kept in check
Griebel will start his ERC attack on the Azores Rallye (26-28 March) – where he finished second overall in 2017 – before contesting Rally Islas Canarias from 7-9 May. With funding in place for three additional events, which he’ll announce in due course, the German concedes a title bid will be a tall order. “If I drive, I want to win. But to fight for the championship will be a huge task. On one hand, there are a lot of fast drivers, and on the other hand, five events are for sure not enough to win this championship. But if the start of the season should be good, I really hope to find some more money for one or two additional events.”

Saintéloc’s Ducher has monitored Griebel’s progression
By signing Marijan Griebel for the 2020 ERC, Saintéloc Junior Team’s Vincent Ducher will finally get the opportunity to work with a driver he has admired from afar for several seasons. “We watched him win the ERC3 Junior title in 2016 so we know he is a good driver. He has very good knowledge of the ERC and we know he will show his speed and good results with the C3.”

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Excitement grows as ERC Rally Liepaja Rally Guide 1 is published

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 06:00

Rally Liepāja organiser RA Events has published Rally Guide 1 for its ERC counter from 29-31 May.

Part of the FIA European Rally Championship family since its inception in 2013, Rally Liepāja features high-speed gravel stages around the cities of Talsi and Liepāja.

Click here to download Rally Guide 1.

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Remembering when… Kubica was fast in ERC

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 18:00

Polish motorsport legend Robert Kubica who, like new ERC1 Junior contender Miko Marczyk is supported by PKN Orlen, took part on five rounds of the FIA European Rally Championship between 2013 and 2014.

After making his debut on Rally Islas Canarias, which marked his comeback to international motorsport after he suffered serious injuries during an accident on a rally in Italy in 2011, Kubica scored his first ERC event finish on the Azores Rallye in April 2013.

Driving a Citroën DS3 RRC, Kubica completed the Ponta Delgada event in sixth overall following a time-consuming roll, having led for the first six stages on the back of a succession of fastest times.

He took part on two more ERC events in 2013, including Rally Poland, before he landed a dramatic final-stage victory on the 2014 season-opening Internationale Jänner Rallye, this time in a Ford Fiesta RRC.

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Why Polish champion Miko Marczyk is ready to fly in ERC

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 15:00

National champion Miko Marczyk is preparing to fly in more ways than one when he contests the 2020 FIA ERC1 Junior Championship with backing from Polish oil company PKN Orlen, ŠKODA Polska and Volkswagen Financial Services.

The 24-year-old has never previously taken an aeroplane to compete on a rally but all that will change this season when embarks on his first major international adventure.

Szymon Gospdarczyk, who has co-driven Marczyk since midway through 2017, will continue to serve as a guiding light, while Marczyk’s partnership with Kresta Racing remains in place with the Czech outfit on hand to prepare the Rally2-specification, Michelin-equipped, ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo.

Marczyk gets set for international career take-off
After winning the prestigious RSMP (Rajdowe Samochodowe Mistrzostwa Polski) title in 2019, Marczyk identified the ERC as his number one choice for career progression.

“The ERC is the natural and best step for me after the Polish championship,” said Marczyk, who only began competing in 2016 with nothing more than limited experience in indoor karting to count on. “The rallies in Poland are very good but the level of roads and the competition is bigger in the ERC than in the national championship. The ERC is therefore a good place to learn and develop and also to fight with other young drivers from European countries before I take the next step.

“Until now, I have never had the opportunity to go to a rally by aeroplane, it will be my first time in the Azores and I am really glad and happy about this. I would like to develop fast in the ERC, it’s like a big adventure and I hope step by step to be a good part of the championship.”

What works for Kubica works for Marczyk too
Marczyk has retained the support of all the partners that helped him to the 2019 Polish title, while attracting additional backing from new main sponsor PKN Orlen, which has made possible his step up to European level. The company is also supporting Marczyk’s compatriot, Robert Kubica – a former ERC stage winner – in his Alfa Romeo test and reserve driver role in Formula One.

“My partners from the last year – ŠKODA Polska, Volkswagen Financial Services, Michelin, Rallyshop.pl and Rożek Brokers Group – will continue to support me. It’s a big honour for me that for 2020 we have a new main sponsor, which is PKN Orlen, the biggest petrol company in Poland. I am very happy and thankful for all this support and now I want to concentrate on being the best rally driver I can be.”

Why the ERC1 Junior title can wait
While Marczyk is aiming for the very top of the sport, he doesn’t want his ERC campaign to be for one year only. “If we look at history, it’s not easy even for the best drivers to drive well in their first year in the ERC,” Marczyk said. “First, I need to understand the roads and the big competition in the ERC, but then I also need to understand the importance of being at the finish line in the highest position possible to get the experience and the points.

“I want to be in the ERC for the future and I know from the Polish championship it’s very hard to get good scores in first year. For sure I will try to be as fast as possible on my home event, 77th Rally Poland, but I know that our partners look at the final standings at the end of the year, not after one stage or one rally. That’s why it’s important to be at the finish line and this will be my strategy.”

In Gospdarczyk Marczyk trusts
Marczyk has highlighted the role performed by his co-driver and compatriot Szymon Gospdarczyk. “I am really happy to work together with Szymon,” said Marczyk, who has a fourth and a third place from three ERC1 Junior starts. “He’s still a young co-driver but from the other perspective much more experienced guy than me. He’s highly motivated real sportsman.”

Where to watch Miko Marczyk in 2020
Azores Rallye, 26-28 March; Rally Islas Canarias, 7-9 May; Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 29-31 May; 77th Rally Poland, 26-28 June; Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 24-26 July; Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 28-30 August.

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Devine revs up for ERC Azores with first i20 R5 gravel run

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 06:00

Callum Devine’s 2020 FIA ERC1 Junior Championship campaign is go after the Motorsport Ireland-backed talent made his first gravel start in a Hyundai i20 R5.

Co-driven by Brian Hoy, Devine was contesting the recent Samsonas Fivemiletown Spring Rally in Northern Ireland in preparation for his upcoming European campaign, which begins on the Azores Rallye from 26-28 March.

The Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Junior Driver used the event to learn more about the i20 R5 in loose conditions. After a consistent start he gained confidence throughout the event, making set-up changes as he gained confidence behind the wheel of the Korean machine.

He wrote on Facebook: “Happy with our progression on the loose in the PCRS Rallysport Hyundai i20 R5 as we prepare for the ERC opener. We made some set up changes throughout the day and on the last four stages we took three fastest times and a second fastest time which moved us up to third overall.”

Photo: Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing

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Marczyk gets PKN Orlen backing for ERC1 Junior bid

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 18:00

Polish champion Miko Marczyk will contest the 2020 FIA ERC1 Junior Championship with backing from PKN Orlen.

The 24-year-old will contest the six-event series for young stars in Rally2 cars starting with the Azores Rallye from 26-28 March.

Szymon Gospadarczyk will co-drive his ŠKODA Fabia R5.

A full announcement, including comments from Miko, will appear at FIAERC.com soon.

Photo: Facebook.com/Mikomarczykmotorsport

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Finnish podium “very encouraging”, says ERC’s Breen

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 12:00

FIA European Rally Championship driver Craig Breen described his podium finish on the SM-Itäralli in Finland last weekend – his first competitive outing on MRF tyres – as “very encouraging”.

Breen and stand-in co-driver John Rowan finished third on the national championship event in a BRC Racing Team-prepared Hyundai i20 R5.

Afterwards, Breen wrote on Facebook: “What a super day flying through the Finnish forests. Incredible roads and perfect conditions and, in the end, a very encouraging third place overall. First rally ever for [the] MRF ice tyre and we are all so pleased already with the performance with so much more potential ready to be unlocked in the future. Massive thanks to John Rowan for doing an impeccable job on the notes, and to all at BRC for taking care of the car.”

Breen’s ERC campaign gets underway on the gravel-based Azores Rallye from 26-28 March. He will compete under the Team MRF Tyres as part of a major development programme with the Indian manufacturer.

Photo: Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing

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ERC drivers are podium visitors during winning weekend for Adielsson

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 06:00

Craig Breen and Bruno Magalhães, who have both announced major FIA European Rally Championship campaigns for 2020, were podium finishers at the weekend.

Breen finished third on SM-Itäralli in Finland, while fellow Hyundai i20 R5 driver Magalhães took the runner-up spot on the Portuguese championship Rallye Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras, one place ahead of national champion Ricardo Teodósio.

Meanwhile, Mattias Adielsson, who placed third in the ERC1 Junior Championship in 2019, won Rally Vännäs, the second event of the Swedish championship season, in a ŠKODA Fabia R5.

The 2020 ERC season gets underway on the Azores Rally from 26-28 March.

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ERC Rally Liepaja one of a kind

Sun, 03/01/2020 - 06:00

Latvia’s ERC counter, Rally Liepāja, will be the only rally to take place in the country this year, further increasing the importance of the event.

After unseasonal warm temperatures led to the axing of Latvia’s two winter events, Rally Alūksne and Rally Sarma, the national championship will be made up of the ERC-counting Rally Liepāja in the Kurzeme region west of the capital Riga, plus two scheduled events in Estonia and one in Lithuania.

Taking place on high-speed gravel stages between the cities of Liepāja and Talsi from 29-31 May, Rally Liepāja is the third event of the FIA European Rally Championship season. It’s also part of the FIA Baltic Rally Trophy, the Latvian Rallysprint Cup, while the Youngtimer Rally Liepāja regularity rally will also take place around the main ERC-counting event.

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Continuity key as Herczig revs up for ERC opener

Sat, 02/29/2020 - 12:00

Four-time Hungarian champion Norbert Herczig will hope to benefit from the continuity factor when he contests the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship opener in the Azores from 26-28 March.

As in 2019, Herczig will contest the São Miguel event in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 run by Baumschlager Rallye & Racing under the MOL Racing Team banner. Ramón Ferenc, his navigator for the past two seasons, will continue to co-drive.

Herczig, who placed fifth in last season’s European championship standings and has two ERC podiums to his name, was sixth on his Azores debut in 2018 and ran in the top six on the event last year only for mechanical issues to force his retirement on the opening leg, his first event in the Polo.

Although little has changed in the Herczig camp over the winter, a brand-new Polo GTI R5 has been readied.

“We are ready, fresh and well prepared,” Herczig’s spokesperson said.

Herczig plans to announce his programme for the remainder of 2020 at a later date.

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Entries open online, prize packages confirmed for ERC Junior

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:00

Entries for the 2020 FIA ERC1 Junior and FIA ERC3 Junior championships have opened via a new online process, while promoter Eurosport Events has confirmed the career-development prize packages on offer to the two eventual champions.

From today (28 February) a new entry portal is available for drivers to register for either ERC1 Junior or Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior.

The portal provides information on eligibility and also includes a link to the FIA online registration process that must be followed before drivers can sign up for either ERC Junior championship. The entry portal is available at this link: https://www.fiaerc.com/erc-junior-entry-form/ 

Prize packages to promote career progression
ERC promoter Eurosport Events has announced the following prize packages for the 2020 season:

ERC1 Junior: the winning driver will receive a grant of €100,000 to contest the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship season-deciding events in Cyprus (9-11 October) and Hungary (6-8 November) in a Rally2 car and with a team of his or her choosing. The grant of €100,000 will be split equally between the two events, which are not part of the ERC1 Junior schedule. By contesting these two events, it is hoped the ERC1 Junior champion could challenge for the overall ERC title. Full terms and conditions are included in the entry portal.

ERC3 Junior: a grant of €100,000 will be allocated to Motorsport Italia to run a Rally2-specification ŠKODA Fabia on Pirelli tyres on two rounds of the 2021 FIA ERC1 Junior Championship for the 2020 ERC3 Junior champion. The events will be determined by Eurosport Events in consultation with Motorsport Italia and the winning driver. A testing programme will also be included. Full terms and conditions are included in the entry portal.

Multi-national entry assembles
Even though the formal entry procedure has only just begun, several drivers have already announced their plans to contest either the ERC1 Junior or ERC3 Junior championship in 2020. They include Erik Cais (Czech Republic), Callum Devine (Ireland), Dominik Dinkel (Germany), Nikolai Landa (Austria), Javier Pardo (Spain) and Dennis Rådström (Sweden). A number of other drivers will announce their ERC Junior programmes ahead of the season-opening Azores Rallye from 26-28 March.

A proud histor
ERC Junior provides a highly competitive platform for drivers stepping up from national level aiming for the sport’s highest echelon – and has a proud history of doing so. Recent ERC Junior graduates include:

Fabio Andolfi: ERC Junior competitor 2014 > Junior world championship competitor 2020
Emil Bergvist: 
ERC Junior champion 2015 > Junior world champion 2018
Marijan Griebel: ERC Junior champion 2016 > ERC1 Junior champion 2017 > World championship point-scorer 2018, German champion 2018
Nikolay Gryazin: ERC1 Junior champion 2018 > Hyundai Motorsport WRC2 driver 2020
Jari Huttunen: ERC3 Junior runner-up 2017 > WRC3 driver 2020
Chris Ingram: ERC3 Junior champion 2017 > ERC1 Junior runner-up 2018 > ERC champion 2019
Tom Kristensson:
ERC3 Junior runner-up 2017 > Junior world championship leader 2020
Stéphane Lefebvre: ERC Junior champion 2014 > factory Citroën WRC2 driver 2018
Filip Mareš: ERC3 Junior third place 2017 > ERC1 Junior champion 2019 > WRC3 driver 2020
Mārtiņš Sesks: ERC3 Junior champion 2018 > ERC1 Junior 2019

ERC Junior explained
Established in 2014 as a joint initiative between ERC promoter Eurosport Events and the FIA, motorsport’s world governing body, ERC Junior provides a highly competitive platform for drivers stepping up from national level aiming for the sport’s highest echelon. Since 2017, ERC Junior has been split into two divisions based on driver age and car performance. ERC1 Junior is for drivers born on or after 1 January 1992 using Rally2 cars. ERC3 Junior is for drivers born on or after 1 January 1993 competing in Rally4 and Rally5 cars on Pirelli tyres.

Calendar 2020
The 2020 ERC1 and ERC3 Junior calendars are as follows:

Round 1: Azores Rallye (gravel), 26-28 March
Round 2: Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt), 7-9 May
Round 3: Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel), 29-31 May
Round 4: 77th Rally Poland (gravel), 26-28 June
Round 5: Rally di Roma Capitale (asphalt), 24-26 July
Round 6: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (asphalt), 28-30 August

Entries for the ERC1, ERC2 and ERC3 championships have also opened. Click here for more information.

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Feofanov: ERC2 title would be a great story to tell my grandchildren

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 06:00

Dmitry Feofanov has emerged as the first driver to challenge Tibor Érdi Jr in his bid for an ERC2 hat-trick as registrations continue to roll in for the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship.

Feofanov, from Russia, is committed to at least the opening four events of the upcoming season when he will drive a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X for the respected Prospeed operation.

That commitment means he will make his first competitive start on asphalt on May’s Rally Islas Canarias following the gravel-based, season-opening Azores Rallye in late March. Normunds Kokins will co-drive.

Having tried the ERC for size with a three-event campaign in 2019, Feofanov explained what’s brought him back for more in 2020 and what he hopes to achieve when his opposition will include the returning two-time ERC2 champion Tibor Érdi Jr from Hungary.

Why have you chosen the ERC for 2020?
“When I tried the ERC last year, I found that there was another level of everything – difficulty, organisation, size of events, etc – in comparison to national competitions in the Baltics. I liked that and I felt I was part of something big, a real great sport competition. And I can be competitive there if I do things right. I have also found that there is a real chance to fight for the title because of an affordable budget, as the Group N is still in the game and I am not sure I will have a similar opportunity in the future so it is worth to try now.”

What are your aims and objectives for this year?
“As a minimum I would like to get more experience of how to drive ERC rallies, particularly the events I did not participate in last year. Also, I will do my best to be at ERC2 podium at the end of 2020.”

How much would the title mean to you?
“Of course, if this happens, it will be the highest possible reward for me as a rally driver at the moment. A year ago, I even did not dream about that. But, also, it would be one of the biggest achievements in my whole life as the rally is a big part of it. And a great story for my grandchildren!”

Is it possible you will contest more than four events?
“Yes, sure. We will see the results after the first four. I will understand my feelings about Tarmac, etc, so in the beginning of July it will be more clear which remaining events we should go for.”

You will make your Tarmac debut this year. Excited or apprehensive?
“Canarias will be my first Tarmac-only rally. It may be a bit hard because of the lack of experience.  But definitely I am excited and I hope to enjoy it. I will do my best to be prepared as much as possible during remaining time frame before the event.”

For 2020 you are joining Prospeed, a team with a strong record in ERC2?
“Prospeed has several years of experience in ERC. They know how to be prepared for ERC events, how to work and manage things during events with proper car set-ups. This is important. That was the main reason to join them for the current season. I believe that their knowledge should definitely help to achieve better results and to avoid some mistakes.”

Where to watch Dmitry Feofanov in 2020
Azores Rallye, 26-28 March; Rally Islas Canarias, 7-9 May; Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 29-31 May; 77th Rally Poland, 26-28 June, plus other events to be added.

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No joke but a dream: ex-mountain bike champion Cais steps up to ERC1 Junior

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 06:00

Erik Cais will step up to Rally2 (formerly R5) level in the FIA European Rally Championship – three years after injury forced him to call time on his hugely successful downhill mountain bike racing career.

Cais, 20, is swapping the Ford Fiesta R2T he drove to second place in ERC3 and fourth position in Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior in 2019 for a top-of-the-range Ford Fiesta R5 MkII, prepared by his existing team Orsák Rallysport.  It will be run under the Yacco ACCR Team banner, in deference to his main partners, Yacco and the Autoclub of the Czech Republic. Jindřiška Žáková will continue to co-drive.

All roads lead to Zlín for ERC1 Junior contender Cais
Cais will begin his ERC1 Junior campaign on the Azores Rallye from 26-28 March and contest the remaining five ERC1 Junior rounds, including the deciding Barum Czech Rally Zlín, his home event, from 28-30 August.

“It’s really great to be in an R5 car in the European championship as soon as possible to learn and grow,” said Cais. “The R2 was really great for the first step but R5 is what we need to know for the next years. But if you asked me on my 18th birthday, when I was in hospital with a broken collarbone after a bike crash, if I would be sitting in a rally car, I would say you are joking. Now, three years later, I am in the ERC in an R5 car and it’s absolutely a dream. It’s something I never expected after three seasons in rallying. It’s impossible for my head but now it’s going on so I have to focus.

“For now, ERC1 Junior is the priority and we will see how the season goes before we decide about the final two rounds in Cyprus and Hungary.”

Rally2 trials prompt pacenote upgrade
Cais took part on seven ERC3/ERC3 Junior events in 2019 but was forced to miss Rally Islas Canarias while he sat his final school exams. That clash allowed what was, at the time, a one-off step up to R5 on the Vančík Rallysprint Kopná, with Žáková partnering him to second place overall. And he built on that impressive debut by finishing P10 in the R5 class and P11 overall on Rallye du Var last November.

“I knew the Kopná stages so I could drive really fast,” Cais explained. “But Rallye du Var was something new for me and I learned a lot of things, including changes to my pacenotes. I don’t change the full pacenotes but in some corners the apex is different between R2 and R5 so I need to change the pacenotes a bit. The first races of this season will be almost new. I know the Azores from last year but not so much. I know it will be really difficult but I will try to be on the limit as much as I can and do the best I can to use as much as possible the potential of this car.”

Continuity cheers Cais
Cais admits the continuity factor made possible by extending his partnership with Orsák Rallysport and Jindřiška Žáková will help him to acclimatise to the ERC’s top tier. “It’s really important because Jindřiška knows the rhythm of what I want in the car and everybody at the team knows each other so we can grow.”

Hard to compare two- and four-wheel achievements
Cais, who began downhill mountain bike racing aged seven, was a factory rider at World Cup level. However, while training for the 2017 season, he crashed and broke a collarbone in four places. After a lengthy recovery period, Cais decided to call time on two-wheel competition and switch to four, following his father Miroslav into rallying in 2018. It was an inspired move and only a late puncture denied Cais the 2WD category win on Barum Czech Rally Zlín against strong international opposition.

Asked if success in the ERC would top his achievements on the saddle, Cais said: “It’s really difficult to compare the mountain bike to the rally car because in mountain bike you only have one stage around three kilometres in length but with 400 people wanting to beat you. In rallying you have 20 or 30 people in your category wanting to beat you and you have to fight for two days, which is really difficult. I still need to learn about how much power I can do on the first stage compared to the end of the day, where you can go absolutely flat out and where you can only set the time. On the bicycle, you have only flat out and if you do a mistake you know it’s impossible to take it back. In rallying you can try to push and I really want to try and do my best to make our partners proud.”

Yacco, GPD, Autoclub of the Czech Republic, Cais, VP Racing, Pirelli, A-Team, P1 and Hothess will support Cais’s ERC1 Junior Championship bid.

Did you know?
Like his role model Colin McRae, Erik Cais was also born on 5 August, albeit four years after the rallying legend’s world championship triumph. With McRae a childhood hero and Cais’s father Miroslav among the Czech Republic’s best 10 drivers between 1997 and 2008, it was no surprise when Cais Jr took up the sport and in impressive fashion to boot.

Where to watch Erik Cais in 2020
Azores Rallye, 26-28 March; Rally Islas Canarias, 7-9 May; Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 29-31 May; 77th Rally Poland, 26-28 June; Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 24-26 July; Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 28-30 August. Plus additional rallies to be confirmed.

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Entries open for ERC Rally Islas Canarias

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 06:00

Entries have opened for Rally Islas Canarias, round two of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship and the planned first event of the Abarth Rally Cup season two**.

Based on Gran Canaria from 7-9 May, the 44th edition of the all-asphalt island classic is one of the highlights of the ERC campaign.

To conform to new regulations from the FIA – motorsport’s world governing body – imposing a four-day event duration limit, a more condensed programme has been published.

This includes official testing moving back from the traditional Monday to Tuesday with the usual two-day reconnaissance contained within one and a half days and scheduled to finish on the morning of Thursday 7 May.

Free Practice is set to begin at 12h15 local time with the Qualifying Stage opening at 15h00. The ever-spectacular ceremonial start follows at 20h30.

Friday’s route features nine stages over 99.69 kilometres with Saturday’s action covering eight stages over 102.24 kilometres.

Meanwhile, the event organisers, Club Deportivo Todo Sport, have pledged a series of prizes for local teams using FIA-sanctioned cars with more details to be announced soon.

As well as counting for ERC points, the event is a round of the Spanish Supercopa and Tarmac championships as well as the Canary Islands championship.

Drivers and teams have until 22 April to enter by following this link.

**The Abarth Rally Cup is subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval

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Tejpar to use ERC experience for Rally2 step up

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 06:00

Nabila Tejpar, who challenged for last season’s ERC Ladies’ Trophy, will graduate to Rally2 machinery in 2020.

The 26-year-old Briton will return to her national championship to campaign a Proton Iriz R5.

And the ERC link doesn’t end there with Tejpar recruiting multiple event winner Hugo Magalhães to co-drive on four asphalt events.

“This really is a dream come true for me and I can’t thank all my backers and supporters for all their help in getting me this far,” said Tejpar. “Of course, this is a massive step up in my career and I don’t expect it to be easy by any means.”

While Tejpar's focus will be on events closer to home in 2020, the FIA European Rally Championship fires up with the Azores Rallye from 26-28 March.

Photo: Zero Understeer/Nabila Tejpar

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How ERC drivers will score in 2020

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 06:00

More drivers will be able to score points on each round of the FIA European Rally Championship from this season with the top 15 classified finishers – rather than the previous 10 – taking home points.

As a result, bonus points will be handed out to the top five finishers at the end of each leg rather than to the top seven, as was the case in 2019.

This change has been made to cap the amount of points scored on each event in the interests of helping to maintain a highly competitive championship until the end of the season.

New round-by-round scoring system
On all rounds of the ERC from this season, points will be allocated to the top 15 classified finishers as follows:

First position = 30 points
Second position = 24
Third position = 21
Fourth position = 19
Fifth position = 17
Sixth position = 15
Seventh position = 13
Eighth position = 11
Ninth position = 9
Tenth position = 7
Eleventh position = 5
Twelfth position = 4
Thirteenth position = 3
Fourteenth position = 2
Fifteenth position = 1

New bonus points structure
Bonus points, which are rewarded in part to encourage drivers who fail to finish a leg to restart on the subsequent leg, will be allocated to the top five finishers at the end of each leg as follows:

First position = 5 points
Second position = 4
Third position = 3
Fourth position = 2
Fifth position = 1

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ERC 2020: Rally Hungary refresher

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 06:00

The 2020 FIA European Rally Championship will be decided on the season-closing Rally Hungary in November. Here are some of the main facts.

When: 6-8 Novembe
Where: Nyíregyháza, Hungary
Surface: Asphalt
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 1 (2019)

The rally in 100 words: Hungary returned to the ERC for the first time since 2003 with a new sealed-surface event in Nyíregyháza delivering an action-packed 2019 European title decider, which was settled on the very last stage in Chris Ingram’s favour. While the event in the north-east of the country was effectively brand new for 2018, when it ran as the Nyíregyháza Rally and formed a pilot event for future ERC inclusion, the city and surrounding region were regulars on the national scene in previous years. The stages feature fast and narrow sections, although rain and mud provided an unwanted additional challenge in 2019.

Event eligibility:
FIA European Rally Championship 2020, round 8 of 8
Abarth Rally Cup 2020, round 6 of 6

Also counting for…
​FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams

Recent winners:
2019: 
Frigyes Turán/László Bagaméri (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2018: András Hadik/Attila Deák (Ford Fiesta R5)*
*Event ran as the Nyíregyháza Rally

Five facts:
1: 
As well as hosting a round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Nyíregyháza is famous for its zoo, which is home to 500 species and 5000 animals on a 30-hectare site.
2: Several Hungarian drivers contest the European Rally Championship each season with Tibor Érdi Jr winning the ERC2 title for a second year running in 2018, while Dávid Botka was a stage winner, Kristóf Klausz an ERC3 Junior point-scorer and Norbert Herczig a double podium finisher in 2018.
3: Herczig, who stepped up to the ERC in 2018 with the MOL Racing Team, is one of Hungary’s most successful rally drivers having taken the national title four times, including consecutively from 2015-2017.
4: ERC promoter Eurosport Events has a long association with Hungary through the FIA World Touring Car Championship and now the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup.
5: Rally Hungary in 2019 became the first sealed-surface event to host the ERC finale since Rallye International du Valais in 2015.

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Operation ERC for Germany’s Dinkel

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 12:00

Dominik Dinkel has chosen the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship for 2020 in order to “improve his skills” against “very high” competition at Rally2 level.

German talent Dinkel, 27, will drive a ŠKODA Fabia R5 Evo for ROMO Motorsport alongside compatriot and long-term co-driver Christina Fürst. He will enjoy backing from sponsor Brose and mentor Michael Stoschek, who have supported his rallying since 2012.

He is planning to contest all six ERC1 Junior rounds, starting with next month’s Azores Rallye and culminating in August’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín, the only ERC event of which he has previous experience, albeit in a Rally4 (formerly R2) car five years ago.

Choose ERC
“I choose ERC because it will have the best competition at Rally2 (R5) level and all the rallies are very special and difficult,” said Dinkel, who began competing as an 18-year-old. “I hope we learn a lot this year, every rally has its own character and I will improve my driving skills on every surface. All is new for us but I hope to learn and improve step by step.”

Choose competition
Dinkel will take on some of Europe’s best young drivers in Rally2 cars, such as Irish hope Callum Devine and Spain’s Efrén Llarena, who gets two ERC1 Junior prize drives for winning last season’s ERC3 Junior title. “A lot of very good drivers will take part in this championship, so the competition will be very high,” Dinkel acknowledged.

Choose national pride
By signing up for ERC duty, Dinkel will follow in the wheel tracks of compatriots Marijan Griebel and Fabian Kreim, who both excelled in ERC1 Junior with Griebel taking the title in 2017 and Kreim challenging for the crown the following year. He admits their success has been an inspiration: “I drove against these successful drivers in the last years and I fight against these guys,” explained Dinkel, whose father Michael and brothers Patrick and Marcel have also tried rallying for size.

Choose ŠKODA, choose ROMO, choose Fürst
Like Griebel and Kreim before him, Dinkel will drive a Rally2-specification ŠKODA Fabia, albeit the Czech make’s latest-generation Evo model. ROMO Motorsport, which has ample ERC experience, will run the car with Christina Fürst co-driving, as she has done since 2016.

Choose a job
When he’s not competing, Dinkel, who was runner-up in the German Rally Championship (DRM) in 2017 and 2018, sells cars for the family business.

Choose where to watch Dominik Dinkel in 2020
Azores Rallye, 26-28 March; Rally Islas Canarias, 7-9 May; Rally Liepāja (Latvia), 29-31 May; 77th Rally Poland, 26-28 June; Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy), 24-26 July; Barum Czech Rally Zlín, 28-30 August.

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Sainteloc preparing ERC3 Junior campaign with all-new Peugeot 208 Rally4, vacancies available

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 06:00

Drivers planning to contest the 2020 FIA ERC3 Junior Championship can do so with one of the category’s most successful teams.

The Saintéloc Junior Team has vacancies in its line-up for the upcoming season when it will switch from Peugeot’s 208 R2 to the all-new 208 Rally4.

Vincent Ducher, Saintéloc’s Rally Manager, explained: “We will have this car during the month of May. With four rallies remaining in the ERC3 Junior Championship, everything is possible to win the title.”

Of Peugeot’s latest rallying creation, Ducher admits he’s been impressed. “The new 208 Rally4 will be the worthy successor to the 208 R2, which, since 2013, has achieved a lot of success in Europe with the titles of Stéphane Lefebre in 2014 and Efrén Llarena in 2019 in ERC Junior. The new Peugeot 208 exploits the Rally 4 regulations to the maximum with a 1200cc engine allowing more power and torque, without compromising on reliability. The chassis has also been optimised.”

Saintéloc’s achievements in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category are well known with Lefebvre, Diogo Gago and Catie Munnings among those to progress following time spent with the French team, which guided Norwegian talent Sindre Furuseth to third place in last season’s ERC3 Junior standings.

Click here to contact Vincent Ducher or go to www.sainteloc.com.

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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)