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ERC1 Junior star López wins Qualifying Stage in Canarias

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 13:53

Citroën Rally Team’s Pepe López went fastest on the Qualifying Stage for Rally Islas Canarias, making a perfect start to his FIA European Rally Championship return.

López, who returns to the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship after competing full-time in 2017 with Peugeot Rally Academy, beat a strong group of experienced ERC and Spanish championship drivers to go fastest, beating compatriot Iván Ares (Hyundai Motor España) by 0.545s.


Reigning ERC champion Alexey Lukyanuk went third-fastest aboard his Saintéloc Racing-prepared Citroën C3 R5, 1.316s slower than López.


Rally Team Spain’s José Antonio Suárez, a graduate of the ERC1 Junior championship, went fourth fastest in his Hyundai i20 R5, with Team OSCARO-backed Pierre-Louis Loubet rounding out the top five as the second-fastest ERC1 Junior runner.


Norbert Herczig (MOL Racing Team) and Vojtěch Štajf (ACCR Czech Team) turned in strong runs on the Qualifying Stage to go sixth and seventh quickest respectively, both 4.3s off López’s searing pace.


Niki Mayr-Melnhof also did well on ERC return, clocking the eighth fastest time aboard his Ford Fiesta R5, just ahead of former World Rally Championship star Xevi Pons (ACSM Rallye Team) in ninth.


Current championship leader Łukasz Habaj was P10 aboard his Sports Racing Technologies ŠKODA Fabia R5, 5.3s off the pace, followed by Luis Monzón (Auto-Laca Competición), Marijan Griebel (Baumschlager Rallye & Racing), Yeray Lemes (Escudería Fuertwagen Motorsport), Surhayen Pernía - Hyundai Motor España and Tibor Érdi Jr. (Érdi Team Kft.) completing the top 15.


Andrea Nucita clocked the fastest time of the Abarth Rally Cup drivers with P18, only two seconds off the pace of ERC1 Junior points leader Chris Ingram, while Jean-Baptiste Franceschi was fastest of the ERC3 Junior crews aboard his Ford Fiesta R2T.


Juan Carlos Alonso endured a difficult start to his hopes of an ERC2 class win with a broken wheel on the Qualifying Stage, a fate shared by ERC3 Juniors Simon Wagner (Team Stengg Motorsport), Grégoire Munster (ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team) and Nabila Tejpar.


The top 15 drivers from Thursday’s Qualifying Stage will select their road order at 17h00 local time (18h00 CEST) at the rally base in Las Palams, with SS1 Valsequillo – Festina kicking off the rally itinerary tomorrow at 10h08 local time (11h08 CEST).

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Klausz bids to step up from ERC3 Junior a winner

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 09:00

Kristóf Klausz is determined to prove his talent in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship this season – because it’s likely to be his last at R2 level.

With an R5 future already in motion, Klausz views ERC3 Junior as unfinished business and wants to make the most of his 2019 campaign alongside new co-driver Ágnes Farnadi, before he steps up full time.

“We still need to learn a lot about the R5 category and we plan to do that in the Hungarian and Mitropa championships,” said the Hungarian, 22. “But we would not like to miss the ERC either because it goes to great places with fantastic rally stages and strong competitors.”

Klausz has competed in ERC Junior on a regular basis since 2015, although he has never mounted a full championship campaign.

“It is a big challenge for myself,” said Klausz. “We have already proved our knowledge and competence in the Hungarian and Austrian championships and also in the nearby countries that we can be on the top. However, the ERC is different. It needs so much more preparation and with an R2 car I believe this is my last year to prove my competence at international level.

“We want to learn continuously but also try to win and get a good result in the races we don’t know. I expect big fights, but we have the target to build up our progression to achieve our goals.”

Klausz will begin his 2019 ERC3 Junior campaign on this week’s Rally Islas Canarias at the wheel of a Pirelli-equipped, Klaus Motorsport-run Peugeot 208 R2.

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Old friends reunited for Griebel in ERC

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 06:00

Marijan Griebel will be back behind the wheel of a ŠKODA Fabia R5 on this week’s Rally Islas Canarias.

Griebel was ŠKODA-powered when he won the 2017 FIA ERC1 Junior Championship crown. And with car availability issues ruling out a second consecutive ERC outing in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, Griebel is being reunited with an old friend.

“The Polo was not available but for me this is not a problem,” said Griebel. “After all, I have celebrated beautiful successes with the ŠKODA Fabia R5.”

Griebel tested his Baumschlager Rallye & Racing ŠKODA on Monday. As well as reaclimatising to the Czech machine worked on his style of driving on Tarmac.

“I practiced not slowing down in a corner so as not to put too much strain on the tyres and drive a tighter and cleaner line," said reigning German champion Griebel. "I feel better prepared now than two years ago. At that time, I started the rally without a test.”

Griebel is pictured in a BRR ŠKODA Fabia R5 on Rally Islas Canarias in 2017. He finished third in ERC1 Junior and P10 overall.

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It’s official: Grigorov’s ERC dream is coming true

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 21:00

Grigor Grigorov’s dream of competing in the FIA European Rally Championship is about to come true when Rally Islas Canarias begins tomorrow.

Bulgarian promise Grigorov has worked tirelessly to put together a campaign in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category.

Having tested on Gran Canaria on Monday, Grigorov will join his class rivals for Free Practice and the Qualifying Stage on Thursday morning ahead of the rally proper getting underway with the first of 16 stages on Friday.

“A dream is coming true for me because this is my first ERC participation and I am really happy for that,” said Grigorov. “The car felt fine in testing and I felt comfortable in it. We had some small issue when one of the connectors of the fuel pump lost electricity or something and we stopped in the stage but we fixed it and the car was working fine.”

Photo: Petr Linhart

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Why Schwedt will be counting on his karting skills in ERC3 Junior

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 18:00

Roman Schwedt plans to use his skills from karting when he contests Rally Islas Canarias for the first time from tomorrow (Thursday).

The FIA ERC3 Junior Championship contender raced karts before taking up rallying and hopes knowledge gained will help him on the asphalt event.

“I want to push on some stages and have good times, but I must find a good rhythm on the stages and with the car, then I will be happy,” said the Team ROMO-run German teenager. “I did karting in Germany and Italy earlier in my career and I want to use some of my experiences from this, like taking a clean line in every corner, being fast but also being careful with the car in the line. I hope I can do this.”

Schwedt’s preparations for his Rally Islas Canarias debut weren’t entirely without issue after his Pirelli-equipped Peugeot 208 R2 suffered a front-left suspension problem during testing in Artenara on Monday.

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R5 success and 2018 podium gives Wagner renewed ERC3 Junior hope

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 15:00

Simon Wagner starts Rally Islas Canarias tomorrow boosted by his 2018 podium finish and a fine run in a ŠKODA Fabia R5 on a round of the Austrian championship recently.

Wagner finished third out of the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship contingent in Las Palmas 12 months ago. While his experience of his Pirelli-equipped Stengg Motorsport Opel ADAM R2 on asphalt is limited to last Monday’s test, his confidence is high.

“We definitely want to top our third place from last year,” said the talented Austrian. “After our broken suspension at the Azores we were really disappointed but now we need good points on Canarias and Tarmac is the surface we know best.

“After the Azores we were able to drive in the third round of the Austrian championship with the ŠKODA Fabia R5. After a bad first, rainy day with the wrong tyres we won the second day ahead of my brother Julian in the BRR Fabia, Hermann Neubauer and Niki Mayr-Melnhof.”

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Franceschi up for ERC Junior chance

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 12:00

Jean-Baptiste Franceschi has signed up to prove his talent in the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship and will make his debut in the Pirelli-supported category on this week’s Rally Islas Canarias.

The 23-year-old Frenchman will compete in a Ford Fiesta R2T from the M-Sport Poland stable with compatriot Anthony Gorguilo co-driving.

He becomes the latest young star to choose ERC3 Junior to build his experience of international competition, which has already included a class-winning stint in the FIA World Rally Championship with the support of his national federation, the FFSA.

“I have been given this opportunity by M-Sport Poland and my sponsors following last year’s cooperation,” said Franceschi, who was third in the Junior world series last season. “It’s an interesting championship for young drivers and, like all drivers, we have one target to aim for. At this moment we are thinking about Rally Islas Canarias and we are fully focused on this event. Let’s see where we are afterwards.”

Franceschi, a former kick-boxing champion in his homeland, joins the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category with a strong reputation to uphold. After winning his country’s junior title in 2017, he was fast-tracked into the world championship with the support of the Equipe de France FFSA scheme. He was a class winner in Corsica and Sardinia and a podium finisher in Finland and Great Britain.

Ahead of what will be his Rally Islas Canarias debut, Franceschi said: “Historically ERC Junior has always been very strong on Rally Islas Canarias. I’m sure on top of the drivers we have seen in Azores, we will see some fast Spanish drivers who know the stages and specification of the rally. I don’t expect it will be an easy fight in Gran Canaria.”

Of the new-for-2019 Ford Fiesta R2T, Franceschi added: “I have been testing the car at the late development phase last year and have been really impressed with it. For sure this is the completely new generation of the R2 cars and so much fun to drive. Honestly speaking I can’t wait to push it through the twisty stages of Rally Islas Canarias.”

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Tarmac titan Talaš “comfortable” in ERC3 Junior

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 09:00

ACCR Czech Rally Team driver Jan Talaš believes his greater experience on asphalt will help him up the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship order when he makes his Rally Islas Canarias debut this week.

The Czech 2WD and Junior champion arrived in the Azores with no previous gravel-driving experience but kept out of trouble to finish sixth, landing a maiden ERC3 Junior stage win in the process.

But having made his name on sealed surfaces, Talaš is optimistic about putting on an even stronger display in Las Palmas.

“We are really looking forward to Rally Islas Canarias and we would like to fight for better positions than on Azores,” he said. “I am more comfortable and experienced on Tarmac, so we can be more successful.”

With Erik Cais absent due to school exams and Dominik Brož not competing, Talaš and Petr Semerad will represent the ACCR Czech Rally Team in the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior division. Meanwhile, team captain Vojtĕch Štajf will be in action in ERC1 at the wheel of the ŠKODA Fabia R5 he shares with co-driver Veronika Havelková.

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Happy Lundberg ready for next ERC challenge

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 06:00

Elias Lundberg is ready to test his skills on Tarmac when Rally Islas Canarias hosts round of the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship from tomorrow (Thursday).

Lundberg finished third in the Pirelli-supported category on the all-gravel Azores Rallye but must now transfer that form to asphalt in his ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team ADAM R2.

“Me and my co-driver David were really happy with our ERC debut in the Azores,” said Lundberg, winner of the ADAC Opel Rallye Cup in 2018. “It was a great feeling to end up on the podium after such a tough rally. But now we’re facing a different challenge. I have quite limited experience on Tarmac, but from what I’ve seen it looks quite close to racing and a good line technique is going to be key.

“The ADAM R2 has proved to be extremely competitive on Tarmac and my team is going to help me to become fast. It will be interesting to see if we’re competitive on Tarmac against these really fast drivers in ERC3 Junior.”

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Tsouloftas continues ERC Junior discovery mission

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 21:00

Alexandros Tsouloftas will continue his learning mission when the FIA ERC1 Junior Championship resumes on Rally Islas Canarias this week.

Cypriot Tsouloftas has never previously tackled an asphalt rally, making the Gran Canaria contest a voyage of discovery.

“I have never driven a Tarmac-spec rally car nor a Tarmac rally, it’s my first non-gravel experience,” said Tsouloftas, who finished second in class to team-mate Chris Ingram on the Azores Rallye last month. “We have no Tarmac races in Cyprus, thus no experience. But I am super-excited and can’t wait.”

Part of the Germany-based Toksport WRT squad, Tsouloftas has a firm event plan in his mind. “I believe Rally Islas Canarias is the perfect event with wide sections, slow sections, fast sections and twisty areas. It is surely the ultimate experience for starting on Tarmac. Our ultimate goal is to finish the race, get as much experience as possible and, of course, try to keep the second place in ERC1 Junior.”

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Rally Islas Canarias organisers help ERC Junior Furuseth’s homework

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 18:00

Sindre Furuseth has praised the Rally Islas Canarias organisers for the onboard stage footage they have made available to competitors contesting the FIA European Rally Championship counter this week.

Furuseth is one of 10 ERC3 Junior drivers with no prior knowledge of the asphalt event, making the availability of stage footage crucial for his preparations alongside co-driver Jim Hjerpe.

“I’ve had a good look at the onboard footage of the stages provided by the organiser, just to get the overall understanding of the stages,” said Furuseth, part of the Saintéloc Junior Team attack. “From there I have already an idea on how I want my pacenotes to be and what to focus on during the recce. Traditionally we have been quick on smooth and flowing Tarmac roads, so if we can put this package together, I am confident we will be in the fight for the win.”

Furuseth finished second in the Pirelli-support ERC3 Junior category on the season-opening Azores Rallye.

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Loubet wants Canarias ERC podium to make up for recent setbacks

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 15:00

Pierre-Louis Loubet will start Rally Islas Canarias anxious for a strong result following setbacks on his last two outings.

The Team OSCARO talent, 22, was in the podium fight on the Azores Rallye only for a mechanical failure to end his hopes on the final morning. And following a frustrating Tour de Corse, his home round of the world championship, Loubet is hoping for his run of bad luck to end.

“My target is to be as close to the podium as possible after the disaster in Corsica and get back the confidence,” said the 2C Compétition ŠKODA Fabia R5 driver. “Rally Islas Canarias is not really a difficult rally but it’s important to keep the speed up for the long, fast corners. We know the car has good potential on Tarmac and we hope to be able to tell just how good.”

Rally Islas Canarias counts as round two of the FIA European Rally Championship and the ERC1 Junior Championship, the category for young stars in R5 cars, which Loubet contests.

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Third-generation Tejpar builds experience at European level, targets ERC3 Junior points

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 12:00

Nabila Tejpar will continue to build her experience at international level with an FIA European Rally Championship try-out on this week’s Rally Islas Canarias.

The Briton, 25, has registered for the Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior division and will make her debut on the Spanish island contest this week (2-4 May). Her compatriot Catie Munnings and 2018 ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner Emma Falcón will also be taking part on the event.

And while experience-building is key for the third-generation rally driver, a haul of ERC3 Junior and ERC Ladies’ Trophy points will be among Tejpar’s objectives in the Peugeot 208 R2 she shares with co-driver Max Freeman.

“I’ve been competing in the Peugeot Rally Cup Ibérica, the British championship and things like that but the ERC is going to be a good experience to see what the differences are and it’s good competition, too,” said Tejpar, who took part on her first rally in 2016. “I’ve competed against some of the drivers before and I’ve had good pace against them.”

Of the all-asphalt event on Gran Canaria, Tejpar said: “I’ve been looking at YouTube and it looks quite fast in places but twisty as well with smooth Tarmac. It will be a challenge because I’ve never been to any of the islands to rally and I know a lot of the competition has been to the island before. I know I will have to make sure I’ve done an extremely good recce, but the main thing is to build my experience in what will be a strong category.”

A two-time winner of the British Rally Championship Ladies’ title, Tejpar has followed her grandfather and father by taking up rallying, as she explains: “As a kid I used to go to rallies all the time but I never thought of it as an option. When I was 16 I tried out driving a rally car and I actually fell in love with it and said to myself this is what I want to do. My mum said no, I had to go to university first, so I got my degree, came back and started competing.”

While Rally Islas Canarias is currently a one-off, Tejpar has made outline plans to add July’s Rally di Roma Capitale to her schedule. “We will see what happens and what are the best options for expanding my experience for next year,” she said.

As well as her achievements in rallying, Tejpar has been a finalist in the sports section of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.

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Gago benchmark boosts Antunes for ERC Canarias debut

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 09:00

FPAK Portugal Team ERC’s Pedro Antunes is using his performances against Diogo Gago in 2018 as a key motivator ahead of this week’s Rally Islas Canarias.

Gago, the winner of the opening two ERC3 Junior rounds last season, beat Antunes into third place in the final Peugeot Rally Cup Ibérica standings, something Antunes has not forgotten as he prepares for round two of the Pirelli-supported FIA ERC3 Junior Championship.

“My reference on Tarmac last year was always Diogo Gago, we had some nice fights,” said Portuguese federation-backed Antunes. “Although Rally Islas Canarias is a new rally for me, lots of ERC Junior drivers have done the rally before. But it looks really nice to drive.

“I understand it’s a tough rally for the tyres with the hard Tarmac and the hot weather. Although everything will be new for us and I want to do a nice fight and try to be on the podium.”

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“I hope they don’t hate me”, says Lukyanuk after car repaired for ERC counter

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk has paid tribute to his Saintéloc Junior Team for the job it has done to ready his Citroën C3 R5 for this week’s Rally Islas Canarias.

The three-time event winner and FIA European Rally champion crashed his original C3 R5 on the Azores Rallye to the point only some parts of the car could be salvaged.

“The car received a huge damage to the bodyshell, which needed replacing,” Lukyanuk explained. “Luckily there was no major damage to the powertrain or engine. Work like this takes time but the team know their job and the car looks like new now. I am really proud for my team. They did a good job and I hope they don’t hate me too much for what happened!”

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After tough times López hopes for good times on ERC return

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 21:00

Pepe López, one of Spain’s leading young rallying talents, has revealed how a tough 2018 is making success in 2019 even more satisfying.

López impressed for the Peugeot Rally Academy in the 2017 FIA ERC1 Junior Championship but was left without a drive until midway through last season.

He has made the most of the opportunities handed to him since and now leads the Spanish asphalt standings ahead of this week’s Rally Islas Canarias, which counts for ERC and national championship points.

“Last year was really tough because I had to wait a lot to be in the car,” said the 23-year-old. “But I am proud to be again with a good programme and I will do my best with this opportunity. For all rallies I start with the objective of trying to win and it will be no different here.”

While Spanish points are key, by registering for ERC1 Junior López is more than aware of the additional benefit a good result would bring.

“As we are competing in the ERC we keep in mind to keep a strong position because it could be really interesting,” said López, who will drive a Citroën C3 R5.

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Falcón working hard for more ERC action

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 15:00

Emma Falcón, the winner of the ERC Ladies’ Trophy in 2018, wants to expand her FIA ERC1 Junior Championship campaign with an outing on July’s Rally di Roma Capitale a target for the Canary Islander.

Falcón will make her debut in the category for young stars in R5 cars on her home round of the ERC this week driving an Escuderia Fuertwagen Motorsport-prepared Citroën C3 R5.

Although her Spanish championship programme is her priority in 2019 as she builds her experience of R5 machinery, Falcón is keen to add more ERC events to her schedule.

 “I am working hard to be on Rally di Roma Capitale with this car, too,” said Falcón, who is continuing her partnership with co-driver Eduardo González. “My main goal on Rally Islas Canarias will be to finish because I don’t have enough kilometres in the car and it’s very different to my previous cars.

“I want to improve and get used to it, trying to make the gap with the rest of the ERC1 Junior drivers as short as possible.”

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ERC Junior preview: Rally Islas Canarias

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 12:00

An expanded 19-strong entry featuring some of rallying’s most exciting young talents has been assembled for this week’s Rally Islas Canarias with drivers building their experience on the all-asphalt stages following the gravel-based season opener in the Azores last month.

Canary Islander Emma Falcón is making her ERC1 Junior debut, while Pepe López returns to the category for young stars in R5 cars having impressed during a stint with the Peugeot Rally Academy in 2017. The Spanish drivers will be armed with Citroën’s C3 R5. Title leader Chris Ingram, Team OSCARO’s Pierre-Louis Loubet and former powerlifter turned rally prospect and Rally Islas Canarias rookie Alexandros Tsouloftas will also challenge for ERC1 Junior success.

The Pirelli-supported ERC3 Junior category welcomes newcomers Jean-Baptiste Franceschi, Grigor Grigorov and Nabila Tejpar with Tejpar due to formally announce her plans for 2019 in due course.

Miika Hokkanen makes his first start of 2019 in the R2 class as he continues his recovery from an operation on a shoulder injury during the winter. Category regular Kristóf Klausz is also back on ERC3 Junior duty, while Roland Stengg has a replacement Opel ADAM R2 at his disposal following a crash testing in the Azores, which prevented him from starting the island rally.

Like Franceschi, Grigorov, Klausz and Tejpar, FPAK-backed Pedro Antunes, Sindre Furuseth, ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team pair Elias Lundberg and Grégoire Munster, Roman Schwedt and ACCR-supported Jan Talaš are all new to the event, which features 16 Tarmac-only stages over a timed distance of 200.98 kilometres.

Rally Team Spain’s championship leader Efrén Llarena and Stengg Motorsport’s Simon Wagner both took part on the event for the first time last year. While Llarena crashed fighting for the lead, Wagner took his first ERC3 Junior podium.

Action begins with Free Practice and the Qualifying Stage on 2 May followed by two days of action. And this is what the ERC Junior drivers have had to say ahead of the second event of the season.

Click here for quotes from all ERC Junior drivers.

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Munster back on track and ready for ERC Junior action

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 12:00

FIA ERC3 Junior Championship contender Grégoire Munster signalled his return to full fitness with a third class win of the season in his native Belgium last weekend.

Munster and co-driver Louis Louka suffered concussion in a high-speed crash on the Belgian championship TAC Rally in mid-April.

Ahead of this week’s ERC-counting Rally Islas Canarias, the promising pair competed on Rallye de Wallonie and overcame the physical and psychological test in style with a category win in a BMA Opel ADAM R2

“I’m delighted with my rally,” said Munster. “The weather conditions made it a difficult competition but, for me personaly, it was important to rebuild my confidence and that succeeded. We drove both well and efficiently. It was fortunate that after the TAC I was able to compete in Rallye de Wallonie because in each ERC competition you need to be 100 per cent. But the confidence is fully back on track and I’m looking forward to my next assignment.”

Munster will drive a Pirelli-equipped Opel ADAM R2 for the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team on Rally Islas Canarias, an event he and Louka are contesting for the first time.

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Recovering Nucita plans ERC Abarth Rally Cup bid

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 09:00

Andrea Nucita is planning an Abarth Rally Cup title challenge as he continues his recovery from a heavy crash on Tour de Corse last month.

Nucita will be among the favourites to win the one-make category, which is part of the FIA European Rally Championship for the first time in 2019.

However, the Corsica crash has left Sicilian Nucita short on confidence ahead of his Rally Islas Canarias debut – and in need of a replacement co-driver, with Michele Ferrara deputising for Giuseppe Princiotto, who is still in recovery mode.

“Rally Islas Canarias is very important for me,” said Nucita. “After my bad accident my only goal is to get back to driving and build up the feeling gradually.”

Of his decision to enter the ERC-based Abarth Rally Cup, Nucita said: “It’s an extremely valued series and tackling it with such a history-filled brand as Abarth can only be added value. The goal is to try to stand out in Abarth Rally Cup and in ERC2.”

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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)