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The ultimate ERC title showdown revisited: 10 key numbers

Sun, 04/26/2020 - 18:00

Last November's Rally Hungary produced the ultimate FIA European Rally Championship title showdown. Here are 10 key numbers.

9: Chris Ingram secured his first FIA European Rally Championship title by nine points

52: Toksport WRT driver Ingram’s success made him the first British ERC champion since Vic Elford 52 years previously

9: Saintéloc’s winning total over Toksport WRT in the battle to win the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams was nine points, its leader driver Lukyanuk’s deficit to Ingram

8: By winning Rally Hungary, Frigyes Turán became the eighth different winner in as many ERC rounds

1: Erik Cais (pictured) secured his first ERC3 category win to clinch the runner-up spot in the final championship standings

3: When Nabila Tejpar hit trouble on the final day, Ekaterina Stratieva was able to win the ERC Ladies’ Trophy for the third time

3: Recently-crowned national champion Ferenc Vincze impressed on his ERC debut with three stage bests

1: Motorsport Ireland-supported Callum Devine added a first ERC stage win to his overall podium

7: Sean Johnston stepped up to the ERC’s top tier and underlined his potential with a seventh-place finish

2: Marijan Griebel stepped back to ERC3 level to bolster Toksport WRT’s bid for the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams. He claimed second in class

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The ultimate ERC title showdown revisited: Nucita makes it two champions in Hungary

Sun, 04/26/2020 - 12:00

Chris Ingram wasn’t the only FIA European Rally Championship driver celebrating title success on Rally Hungary last November.

Andrea Nucita also achieved big on the season closer, winning the first Abarth Rally Cup to take place within the ERC framework.

Although the odds were firmly stacked in his favour, Nucita’s path to glory was eased when title rival Dariusz Poloński retired prior to the start of the eighth stage.

Poloński effectively needed to win the one-make category for the Abarth 124 rally in Hungary with Nucita non-scoring in order to take the title and the 30,000 euros on offer to the champion.

However, Poloński’s exit due to a suspected oil pressure issue, meant it was Sicilian Nucita who took the spoils.

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The ultimate ERC title showdown revisited: How legend Elford celebrated Ingram’s success

Sun, 04/26/2020 - 06:00

Prior to Chris Ingram’s title triumph on Rally Hungary last November, the last time a British driver won the FIA European Rally Championship was back in 1967 when legendary motorsport all-rounder Vic Elford secured top honours.

Having followed Ingram’s progress during the closing stages of the season, Elford paid particularly close attention to how his younger compatriot was faring on Rally Hungary, monitoring stage times from his home in Florida and waiting for updates to arrive on email.

And when news broke that Ingram and co-driver Ross Whittock were champions, Elford was one of the first to offer his congratulations, telling Ingram that despite no longer drinking, he’d opened a small bottle of champagne in celebration.

Elford, who entered 13 Formula One world championship grands prix during a versatile and hugely successful career, took the ERC title in 1967 in a Porsche 911, one year before his victory on Rallye Monte-Carlo in the German machine (pictured).

In a message to Ingram before the start of the Nyíregyháza-based finale, Elford wrote: “I wish you all the success in the world.

“Over the years Chris, I drove some awesome cars and the best were usually those where I had a direct input on their set-up, but I also drove some that were not so good. But no matter what, whether it was rally or race, whenever I was asked before an event ‘How do you think you will do?’ My reply was always the same; ‘I am going to win, of course!’ – and on more than one occasion, even though I was driving an outclassed car I was able to force it beyond what it was capable of – and win – because I had already persuaded myself that I would! You do that for me in Hungary and I will be very proud of you!”

Photo: Porsche.de

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The ultimate ERC title showdown revisited: The forgotten title contender

Sat, 04/25/2020 - 18:00

Having driven the season of his life, Łukasz Habaj started Rally Hungary firmly in the fight for the FIA European Rally Championship title.

But the Pole never got into the stride that had made he and co-driver Daniel Dymurski such a privilege to watch in 2019.

During Free Practice for Rally Hungary, they went off the road 500 metres from the finish of the 3.90-kilometre Napkor with their eSky-backed Sports Racing Technologies-run ŠKODA Fabia R5 sustaining significant front-end damage.

Speaking to ERC Radio’s Julian Porter at the time, the former Polish champion explained what went wrong: “It’s difficult to say what happened because it was happening so quickly. We just lost control over the car on braking. It didn’t give any signs on any previous braking so I just decided to be a little bit more aggressive but it was just too aggressive and I just lost control and I really wasn’t able to do anything.

“The car went straight and there was a ditch, which I got into and the impact was quite hard with the front of the car.”

Despite the damage and a key member of the SRT crew in hospital, Habaj and Dymurski made the start, but myriad problems once the rally was underway wrecked their challenge and left them third in the final table, which was nevertheless a worthy achievement and a true mark of their progression.

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The ultimate ERC title showdown revisited: ERC Radio’s Chris Rawes recalls the final-stage drama

Sat, 04/25/2020 - 12:00

Along with fellow reporter Julian Porter and studio maestro Mark Jones, Chris Rawes makes ERC Radio happen. And it was Chris who had been assigned final-stage reporting duties on Rally Hungary.

Finally dried out after spending that November day being rained and poured on, Rawes recalls the drama and how it unfolded at the stop line.

“The weather in Hungary was autumnal to say the least and the entire ERC circus was again in uncharted waters. But the final stage of 2019 was probably the best moment of the year.

“Standing in the pouring rain on a dark evening with only the headlamps of the cars for company and a range of journalists, camera crew and a load of spectators who wanted to see who was going to win the championship, was the most incredible moment for me.

“Waiting for Lukyanuk and Ingram to finish the final few kilometres of the season felt longer than the entire championship put together. We had absolutely zero telephone or internet connection – which meant no timing or results being fed to me or back to HQ – but my trusted ERC Radio commentary equipment was connecting the stage end to the outside world.

“With the support of Julian acting as a relay for me back to Rally Control and Richard in the media centre, I felt like the world was on my shoulders as everybody tried to work out if Ingram was to become the first British ERC champion since 1967.

“It was an amazing moment as everything that was happening to work out if the title had gone to Ingram or Lukyanuk was being broadcast live on ERC Radio, there were no edits, no recaps, no pre-recordings; everything that was happening at the stage end was being broadcast live. The tension was incredible and that was a moment that will never again be recreated, copied or pasted.

“The pressure, the tension, the emotion at that moment in time was unbelievable. I have reported on rallying for over 20 years but it was an incredible moment of the 2019 season; standing in the rain in the middle of nowhere when ERC history was being made.

“When I am old and a bit more grey and I have nothing but my memories, the moment Chris Ingram won the FIA European Rally championship in 2019 will stay with me forever. It was an honour to watch somebody who wanted the title so much win it.”

Click here to relive ERC Radio’s dramatic coverage of the ERC title-deciding final stage of Rally Hungary.

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The ultimate ERC title showdown revisited: five firsts

Sat, 04/25/2020 - 06:00

As well as a first FIA European Rally Championship title for Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock, the 2019 Rally Hungary threw up a number of notable firsts.

Stepping up in style: Sean Johnston and Alex Kihurani had little problem adapting to Rally2 power, stepping up from Rally4 level for the first time with eighth place overall in their Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3 R5.

Debut podium: Callum Devine’s first appearance in the ERC’s topflight netted a debut podium alongside co-driver and fellow Irishman Callum Devine.

First time in more than 50 years: Ingram became the first British ERC champion since Vic Elford lifted the crown way back in 1967.

Top team: Points scored by Alexey Lukyanuk, Sean Johnston and recent recruit Ekaterina Stratieva were enough for French squad Saintéloc to win the FIA European Rally Championship for teams.

Nice one Nucita: Andrea Nucita also had big cause for celebration on Rally Hungary after he secured the first Abarth Rally Cup to take place within the ERC framework. The Sicilian, he beat Poland’s Dariusz Poloński to glory, also earned €30,000 in prize money.

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The ultimate ERC title showdown revisited: How Lukyanuk was denied a double

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 18:00

While Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock celebrated a first FIA European Rally Championship title, Alexey Lukyanuk and Alexey Arnautov were left to reflect on what might have been as they were denied a second successive ERC crown.

They started Rally Hungary 28 points behind their British rivals yet, despite that margin, entered the final stage still in with a shout of the title. And when Ingram and Whittock hit trouble, Lukyanuk and Arnautov knew victory would be enough.

But their final-stage puncture dropped them to second overall and meant they lost out by nine points.

“For us it was not an easy end to the season,” Lukyanuk said at the time. “I was saying to Alexey when we finished the last stage that it was not the way I wanted to end up the season.

“But I can mention at least five or six occasions [during the season] where we lost it. Most of it came by chance, but it was a really big challenge for us this season because we started with a new team, new car, new tyres, a lot of new things. And we were learning all the way and still learning of course, developing the car. And mistakes from each part of our mechanism were there. But we win as a team, we lose as a team.

“We were not that successful this year, but we knew that we had quite few chances to achieve first place in the championship heading to Hungary. We hoped that local drivers will be faster and it would be more challenging for Chris to get his place and, yeah, he showed quite good pace and was quite consistent.

“He also had punctures and so on, so without that, he would be much more high on the leaderboard for the rally. This rally was more like a lottery and, the problem is that too much things were beyond our control, beyond the control of the driver and the crew.

“My congrats to Chris, yeah man, quite consistent through the year. I hope you will build your speed and with more budget you will attract more budget, and you are so young…you have everything in front of you, for me it’s more behind.”

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The ultimate ERC title showdown revisited: Ingram and Whittock look back

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 15:00

Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock came out on top of a three-crew showdown for FIA European Rally Championship glory on Rally Hungary last November. This is what they had to say looking back.

Chris Ingram
“Hungary was another brand-new rally and unbelievably tricky conditions. It was a survival rally and we knew we had to be clever again and a podium would secure [the title].

“We drove consistently throughout the rally, Ross and myself were just so focused, we couldn’t have done any better.

“We had two unlucky punctures, I have no idea how we got them, but, in the end, Alexey [Lukyanuk] also did. Dropping to fourth from third with a puncture on the final stage was just catastrophic for us, we were devastated to think we’d lost [the title] by just one position.

“I was so angry because we drove so slowly and we had no idea where we got [the puncture]. I got to the end of the stage and saw that Callum [Devine] had destroyed us and I thought ‘oh my god, this is just typical’. Me and Ross didn’t know what to do next, we weren’t in a good place. Then a cameraman came running down the road and said Alexey’s had a puncture and changed it so we thought there was a chance here.

“There was so much confusion if he’d won or if we’d won. It took 20 minutes to find out, but in the end, it was confirmed. That 20 minutes, the most mental 20 minutes, felt like a lifetime but it was just a moment we’ll never forget and an amazing moment in rallying as well. I’m still reliving that moment now, it’s amazing.”

Ross Whittock
“It felt incredible [after] such a tense rally, different to any other rally we’d ever done. So much mud, so much water and the end of that last stage was, I think I had a heart attack, it was that tense at the end of it. But [it felt] amazing that we done it.”

“It was such a narrow road and we were blocking everyone in and I knew time was running low for us to get to the next time control and we had to change a front-right puncture, no-one knew what was going on, so I just decided to change the puncture on my own and just wait for everything to get sorted to be honest.

“The pressure that had been on Chris to get these results had been huge so my role really with Chris, was just to just keep him as calm as possible and relaxed as possible. Because when he is relaxed, that’s when he drives best.

“He was stressing out a little bit before that last stage, but you’ve just had to tell him that it’s ‘just another stage, just drive it how you would normally drive’.”

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The ultimate ERC title showdown revisited

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 12:00

Shortly after 15h41 local time on Sunday 10 November 2019, Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock set off on a 27.48-kilometre adventure that would change their lives forever.

Despite completing the closing stage of the inaugural Rally Hungary with only three tyres inflated on their Toksport WRT ŠKODA Fabia R5, they’d return to the city of Nyíregyháza as winners of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship.

But for several despairing moments at the end of the Telkibánya – Újhuta test, their dreams of ERC title joy had seemingly evaporated.

The puncture meant they had haemorrhaged time through the stage and dropped out of the third place they needed to succeed Alexey Lukyanuk and Alexey Arnautov as ERC champions.

However, the rapid Russian pair picked up a puncture of their own and their eventual runner-up placing wasn’t enough to take the ERC title for a second year running, leaving Ingram and Whittock to celebrate what had been an unlikely triumph.

From today, Friday 24 April, it will be possible to relive all the key action from that epic season decider that has more than staked its claim as the ultimate ERC title showdown.

Watch the action at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-jZLhRuUAc or click here.

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FIA Motorsport Games featuring rally for ERC-style cars postponed to 2021

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 09:00

The first appearance of ERC-style Rally2 and Rally4 cars in the FIA Motorsport Games has been delayed after the second edition of the event was put back one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers of the multidisciplinary motorsport event with a national focus announced earlier this year that a rally would be added to the roster of events taking place at Circuit Paul Ricard in France from 23-25 October. However, the decision has now been taken to postpone the event until 22-24 October 2021.

FIA President Jean Todt said: “Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have decided to postpone the 2020 FIA Motorsport Games to next year. It will leave the opportunity to ASNs, the teams and our promoter to be better prepared.”

Rally2 (formerly R5) and Rally4 (formerly R2) cars dominate the FIA European Rally Championship entry lists numerically, although Group N-style production cars, Rally5 cars and the RGT-specification Abarth 124 rally are also eligible for use.

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#RaceAgainstCovid: ERC partner P1 Racing Fuels joins COVID-19 fight

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 06:00

P1 Racing Fuels, the Official Fuels Partner of the FIA European Rally Championship, has joined the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Its Advanced Sanitizer initiative has developed a hand sanitiser inline with the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO).


Initially available to resellers, an online store for consumers is now operating at www.advanced-sanitizer.com.


The advance hand disinfectant is now available for shipping within the European Union in either liquid or gel form.


Race fuel customers and visitors to FIAERC.com can take advantage of a 10 percent discount, which is available for a limited time at www.p1fuels.com. Just look out for the RallyLove code.

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Gravel is great in ERC

Tue, 04/21/2020 - 06:00

The rescheduling of Rally Liepāja to a mid-July date means the FIA European Rally Championship will start with two gravel events for the first time since it was streamlined in 2004.

With 77th Rally Poland scheduled for the loose-surface roads in and around Mikołajki from 26-28 June and the gravel-based Rally Liepāja following from 10-12 July, ERC crews will have to wait for their first taste of 2020 asphalt until 24-26 July when Rally di Roma Capitale is due to take place.

As well as hosting rounds of the overall, ERC2, ERC3, ERC1 Junior and ERC3 Junior categories, 77th Rally Poland and Rally Liepāja will feature the opening two rounds of the Abarth Rally Cup.

Updated 2020 FIA European Rally Championship calendar (subject to FIA validation)

Round 1: 77th Rally Poland (gravel), 26-28 Jun
Round 2: Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel), 10-12 July**
Round 3: Rally di Roma Capitale (asphalt), 24-26 July
Round 4: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (asphalt), 28-30 August
Round 5: Azores Rallye (gravel), 17-19 September**
Round 6: Cyprus Rally (gravel), 16-18 October**
Round 7: Rally Hungary (asphalt), 6-8 November
Round 8: Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt), 3-5 December**
**Date subject to FIA validation

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High-speed FIA ERC action Rally Liepaja-style planned for this summer

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 12:00

Rally Liepāja will provide FIA European Rally Championship drivers with fast-paced action from 10-12 July** following an adjustment to the ERC calendar for 2020.

Originally planned to run from 29-31 May, the event has been rescheduled to a summer date in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting government restrictions that are in place in Latvia and Europe as a whole.

But while it was the collective wish of event promoter RA Events, ERC promoter Eurosport Events and governing body the FIA, to finalise a replacement date as quickly as possible following last week’s postponement, all thoughts are with those people whose loved ones have passed or have fallen ill as a result of COVID-19.

Furthermore, many jobs have been lost and people find themselves in very challenging situations so it is vitally important that all official advice is followed and people stay safe and stay home.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “Of course the health and safety of everyone is the priority right now but as part of our ongoing efforts to maintain the planned eight-round schedule, we are pleased that a replacement date has been agreed upon, subject to final FIA validation.

“We would like to thank the FIA, RA Events, the Latvian ASN and the various authorities in Latvia for their ongoing cooperation and we hope our teams and drivers will be able to commit to this new date to ensure the eighth running of Rally Liepāja emulates the success of the previous seven editions.”

Raimonds Strokšs, Director of RA Events, said: “We are glad that we have the date set so fast, and there is some sort of clarity now. Though, I would like to stress that the safe running of the event remains our top priority. Therefore, we will remain in constant consultations with authorities, to make sure running of the event is safe. As for now, stay safe, and let us meet in July.”

The 2020 ERC season is set to begin on 77th Rally Poland from 26-28 June.

Updated 2020 FIA European Rally Championship calendar (subject to FIA validation)

Round 1: 77th Rally Poland (gravel), 26-28 June
Round 2: Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel), 10-12 July**
Round 3: Rally di Roma Capitale (asphalt), 24-26 July
Round 4: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (asphalt), 28-30 August
Round 5: Azores Rallye (gravel), 17-19 September**
Round 6: Cyprus Rally (gravel), 16-18 October**
Round 7: Rally Hungary (asphalt), 6-8 November
Round 8: Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt), 3-5 December**
**Date subject to FIA validation

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ERC ace Lukyanuk’s guide to staying safe at home

Sun, 04/19/2020 - 06:00

Alexey Lukyanuk, winner of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2018, has posted a video showing how he’s keeping in shape during the coronavirus lockdown.

Filmed at his apartment in St Petersburg, the video gives an insight into the level of fitness Lukyanuk is maintaining as he continues his preparation for the upcoming 2020 ERC season, which he’ll contest in a Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën C3 R5.

Click here to view the video.

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Stirling Moss “one of the greatest”, says ERC champion Ingram

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 06:00

Chris Ingram has described Sir Stirling Moss as “one of the greatest legends of motorsport” following his countryman’s passing earlier this week.

Ingram met fellow Briton Moss at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2014 and described him as a “lovely, lovely man”.

While Moss was best known as a circuit racer, he contested selected FIA European Rally Championship events in the 1950s. His sister Pat Moss, who later married Swedish great Erik Carlsson, won three ERC events outright.

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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)