FIA ERChttp://www.fiaerc.comEuropean Rally ChampionshipThu, 28 May 2015 16:43:24 +0000en-UShourly1 continues to grow, as registrations nudge towards 90, 28 May 2015 16:43:24 +0000Paul Evans2015 to the start of SATA Rallye Açores, round four of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, the series has received a staggering 86 registrations. <p><img width="660" height="440" src="" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="during the 2015 European Rally Championship ERC Circuit of Ireland rally, from April 1st to 4th, at Belfast, Ireland. Photo Gregory Lenormand / DPPI" /></p>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The latest registrations have been received from Portuguese drivers João Barros (Fiesta R5), Joaquim Alves (ŠKODA Fabia S2000) and Wilson Aguiar (Peugeot 208).<br /> <br /> The number of ERC Junior drivers (registered within ERC3) has now increased to 24, thanks to the arrival of Amaury Molle. The 20-year old Fiesta R2 driver from Charleroi will make his ERC debut on his home round of the series, the Kenotek by CID LINES Ypres Rally (25-27 June).<br /> <br /> Benefits for ERC registered crews include eligibility to prize money, priority seeding, entry into the Qualifying Stage, priority status in the service area and global television coverage. leader Štajf to make gravel rally debut, 28 May 2015 12:25:26 +0000Paul Evans2015AçoresVojtěch Štajf Rallye Açores (4-6 June) will be Vojtěch Štajf’s 173rd rally of his career – and his first on gravel!<p><img width="660" height="371" src="" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="New car for VS" /></p>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The FIA European Rally Championship ERC2 leader hadn’t originally planned to contest the event – but has decided to take his Subaru Duck Czech National Team Impreza WRX STI to the Azores, in an attempt to defend his lead.<br /> <br /> Štajf will drive his old Subaru in the Azores, after he lent his new-for-2015 Impreza to a friend to do the Czech championship Rallye Šumava. Unfortunately, the car was destroyed, after it rolled three times at 140kph - the aftermath of which is pictured above!<br /> <br /> “I have done some snow events, such as the Arctic Rally and Rally Liepāja, and I’ve done the Jännerrallye seven times, so I hope after this experience from the loose surface it will be at least a bit similar,” said Štajf. “I only have driven one time on gravel tyres on Rallye Waldviertel in Austria in 2005, back then it was one day gravel and second day Tarmac. So as a gravel rookie, I want to take it easy on Azores, especially that I know from other Czech drivers from the past, like Orsak and Cerny, that they have crashed out. Especially when it is raining, it is said to be a very difficult and challenging event.<br /> <br /> “I decided to go to the Azores when I found out that I had actually won the Circuit of Ireland in ERC2, when Krisztián Hideg was excluded. So my aim is to try to keep the first place on the leaderboard in ERC2, also after round four.<br /> <br /> “Thanks to my sponsors we have found some extra budget to be able to go to this event, about which many people told me it´s absolutely worth it. Jan Kopecký told me it´s the most wonderful island that he has seen. So I am anxious to experience it and drive the famous Sete Cidades and other stages. I would like to thank also to the organisers which are very communicative and helpful, as a newcomer the logistics planning was a bit tough for our small team.” new Erc Fiesta R5 for Kajetanowicz, 27 May 2015 18:46:03 +0000Paul Evans2015AçoresKajetan Kajetanowicz Kajetanowicz will drive a brand new LOTOS Rally Team Fiesta R5 on the SATA Rallye Açores (4-6 June).<p><img width="660" height="440" src="" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="fia_erc-_kajetan_kajetanowicz_" /></p>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Katjo is just three points behind Craig Breen (Peugeot 208 T16) entering round four of the FIA European Rally Championship, after scoring victory on the opening Jännerrallye and netting a second place finish on the Circuit of Ireland Rally. He will be a force to be reckoned with in the Azores as well, having recorded three fastest stage times amongst the seven top three times he set last year.<br /> <br /> The Fiesta R5 Katjo has driven previously this year will be seen on Rallye Açores – in the very capable hands of seven-time Azorean rally champion Ricardo Moura.ães gives advice to Erc Junior drivers, 27 May 2015 13:35:35 +0000Paul Evans2015AçoresBruno Magalhães is the stunning new-look Peugeot 208 T16 that Bruno Magalhães will attempt to win the SATA Rallye Açores (4-6 June) in for a third time – and the FIA European Rally Championship driver has kindly offered some sound advice for newcomers to the event.<p><img width="660" height="466" src="" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="10003946_10206084182078997_790475659136852674_n" /></p>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> “This rally is difficult for those who participate in it for the first time, because the roads are quite narrow in some places and very slippery,” says Bruno. “It's a rally where the sections are not so long, so it is always done at maximum attack, and a small mistake can ruin everything because it is harder to recover. Usually the difference between the drivers is small, so the key to success is to do all the rally attacking and not make mistakes.<br /> <br /> “I am sure that all the ERC Junior drivers will enjoy the rally and will get very excited about the sections and the island's landscape. To all of them, I wish them good luck.” keeps on trucking for Erc success, 27 May 2015 06:54:00 +0000Paul Evans2015AçoresDávid Botkaávid Botka is getting lots of driving practice this week, ahead of the SATA Rallye Açores (4-6 June) – but not the type the FIA European Rally Championship driver might have wished for.<p><img width="660" height="441" src="" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="DuEn_CircuitOfIreland2015_1130" /></p>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Botka, who lies second in ERC2 after a great start to the season in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX, is driving his own service truck from Hungary to Portugal, ahead of round four of the series.<br /> <br /> “One of the drivers had a private problem and we couldn't find anybody else in the last few days, so instead of him now David will drive the truck by his own to Lisbon,” said team manager Levente Kazinczky. “His family is following him to Lisbon in three days by plane and after a few days holiday in Lisbon they are flying over to the Azores.” returns to the Erc in a Porsche 911, 26 May 2015 17:54:22 +0000Paul Evans2015YpresFrançois Delecour legend François Delecour will return to the FIA European Rally Championship when he drives a Porsche 911 on the Kenotek by CID LINES Ypres Rally (25-27 June).<p><img width="660" height="440" src="" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="FD Porsche" /></p>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The event is the second round of the FIA R-GT Cup, an exciting new FIA sanctioned competition for drivers and co-drivers using a Class R-GT car with a valid FIA Passport.<br /> <br /> “It is fantastic to be driving in R-GT Cup, it’s a fantastic opportunity,” said Delecour. “There are some really nice rallies. It is fantastic to be driving the Tuthill Porsche 911 again.”<br /> <br /> It should be an incredible sight, as the Frenchman takes on the likes of Belgium rally heroes Patrick Snijers and Marc Duez, who both appear in Porsches too. gravel debut for Griebel ahead of ERC Azores, 26 May 2015 08:57:35 +0000Paul Evans2015AçoresMarijan Griebel preparation for SATA Rally Açores (4-6 June), Marijan Griebel has just done his first ever gravel rallying – coming amazingly close to scoring a magnificent podium finish on Rally Portugal.<p><img width="660" height="440" src="" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="000000000_Griebel-Portugal" /></p>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Yes, the ultra-talented ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver really did do a round of the FIA World Rally Championship in preparation for a round of the FIA European Rally Championship!<br /> <br /> Co-driven Stefan Clemens, the 26-year old German driver started well, but was delayed with three punctures on Friday. Two stage wins and top three stage times on Saturday saw Griebel rocket back up the leaderboard, and even a fourth puncture on SS16 couldn’t prevent him finishing the final stage second in the RC4 class and 33rd overall. Unfortunately, driving on the flat tyre had damaged the suspension, which saw Griebel retire on the final road section.<br /> <br /> “For sure we are very disappointed as we feel we deserved this podium finish in my first ever gravel rally in competition,” said Griebel. “The Adam R2 was working perfectly and Stefan and I increased our speed from stage to stage. So in the end I would say it was a perfect preparation for the SATA Rally Açores." Erc entry as 76 plan for SATA Rallye Açores, 25 May 2015 10:40:55 +0000Paul Evans2015 crews have placed an entry for the SATA Rallye Açores (4-6 June), round four of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship.<p><img width="660" height="440" src="" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="AUTO - ERC AZORES RALLY 2014" /></p>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Portuguese drivers have turned out in force to try to ensure a home victory, and they’ll face stiff competition from an equally strong visiting ERC contingent, all of whom will also be battling for ERC Gravel Master points. And it will be a spectacular battle, with 18 R5 and Super 2000 cars and 14 ERC Juniors on the entry list.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> The official entry list is currently with the FIA and FPAK (ASN) for approval – but below is the provisional list sorted alphabetically by the first driver’s name.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> ADRIANO MEDEIROS/ÉNIO SANTOS (RENAULT CLIO)<br /> ADRUZILO LOPES/VASCO FERREIRA (SUBARU IMPREZA R4)<br /> ALEKSANDER ZAWADA/CATHY DEROUSSEAUX (PEUGEOT 208 R2)<br /> ALEXANDRE RAMOS/SANDRA RAMOS (PEUGEOT 106 XSI)<br /> ALEXANDRU FILIP/BOGDAN IANCU (RENAULT CLIO R3 MAXI EVO)<br /> ALFREDO BARROS/VALTER CARDOSO (FORD FIESTA R5)<br /> ALOÍSIO MONTEIRO/SANCHO EIRÓ (RENAULT CLIO R3)<br /> ANDRÉ MOTA/EURICO ADÃO (MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO VI)<br /> ANTONIN TLUSTAK/LADISLAV KUCERA (SKODA FABIA S2000)<br /> ANTÓNIO MONIZ/FÁBIO MEDEIROS (RENAULT CLIO)<br /> ANTÓNIO ORTINS/LUIS MAGNO (TOYOTA YARIS)<br /> BRUNO MAGALHÃES/HUGO MAGALHÃES (PEUGEOT 208 T16 R5)<br /> CARLOS ANDRADE/TOMÁS PIRES (RENAULT CLIO R3)<br /> CARLOS MARTINS/DANIEL AMARAL (SKODA FABIA S2000)<br /> CHARLES MARTIN/THIERRY SALVA (PEUGEOT 208 T16)<br /> CHRIS INGRAM/GABIN MOREAU (PEUGEOT 208 R2)<br /> CRAIG BREEN/SCOTT MARTIN (PEUGEOT 208 T16)<br /> DAVID BOTKA/PÉTER MIHALIK (MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX)<br /> DIOGO GAGO/JORGE CARVALHO (PEUGEOT 208 R2)<br /> DIOGO SALVI/PAULO BABO (FORD FIESTA R5)<br /> DOMINYKAS BUTVILAS/KAMIL HELLER (SUBARU IMPREZA STI)<br /> EDUARDO SILVA/JOAQUIM MARÇAL (BMW E36)<br /> EMIL BERGKVIST/JOAKIM SJOBERG (OPEL ADAM R2)<br /> EMILS BLUMS/REINIS VILSONS (FORD FIESTA R2)<br /> FLÁVIO GUERREIRO/FERNANDO JORGE (RENAULT SUPER 5)<br /> FLORIN TINCESCU/SERGIU ITU (PEUGEOT 208 R2)<br /> GIACOMO COSTENARO/JUSTIN BARDINI (PEUGEOT 207 S2000)<br /> GINO BUX/ERIC BORGUET (PEUGEOT 208 R2)<br /> HENRIQUE MONIZ/JORGE DINIZ (CITROEN DS3 R3T)<br /> HERLANDER TRINDADE/VALTER CARDOSO (SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI)<br /> HUGO MESQUITA/CARLOS MAGALHÃES (MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX)<br /> JAROSLAV ORSÁK/DAVID SMEIDLER (SKODA FABIA S2000)<br /> JEAN-MICHEL RAOUX/LAURENT MAGAT (TBA)<br /> JOÃO BARROS/JORGE HENRIQUES (FORD FIESTA R5)<br /> JOÃO FARIA/TOMÁS VULTÃO (PEUGEOT 206 RC)<br /> JOÃO RUIVO/EMÍDIO MAGALHÃES (RENAULT CLIO R3 MAXI)<br /> JOAQUIM ALVES/PEDRO ALVES (SKODA FABIA S2000)<br /> JOAQUIM ARAÚJO/FILIPE SENDIM (CITROEN SAXO)<br /> JON ARMSTRONG/NOEL O’SULLIVAN (PEUGEOT 208 R2)<br /> JOSÉ BARBOSA/RICARDO BARBOSA (MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO X)<br /> JOSÉ PEDRO FONTES/MIGUEL RAMALHO (CITROEN DS3 R5)<br /> JOSH MOFFETT/JOHN ROWAN (FORD FIESTA S2000)<br /> JUAN IGLESIAS/JUAN OLIVENZA (SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI)<br /> KAJETAN KAJETANOWICZ/JAROSLAW BARAN (FORD FIESTA R5)<br /> LORENZO DELLA CASA/TEO VALSANGIACOMO (CITROEN DS3 R3)<br /> LUIS MIGUEL REGO/JOSÉ PEDRO SILVA (MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX)<br /> LUIS MOTA/CARLOS RAMIRO (MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX)<br /> LUKASZ PIENIAZEK/JAKUB GERBER (PEUGEOT 208 R2)<br /> MANUEL CASTRO/LUIS COSTA (MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX)<br /> MARCO CID/NUNO SILVA (RENAULT CLIO S1600)<br /> MARCO REIS/ALEXANDRE RODRIGUES (CITROÊN C2R2)<br /> MARCO SOARES/CARLOS MIGUEL (CITROEN SAXO)<br /> MARIJAN GRIEBEL/STEFAN CLEMENS (OPEL ADAM R2)<br /> MATTIAS ADIELSSON/CHRISTOFFER BACK (PEUGEOT 208 R2)<br /> MIGUEL CARVALHO/PAULO LOPES (CITROEN C2 R2MAX)<br /> PAULO MOREIRA/MARCO MACEDO (SKODA FABIA R2)<br /> PAULO NETO/VITOR HUGO OLIVEIRA (CITROEN DS3 R3T)<br /> PEDRO MEIRELES/MÁRIO CASTRO (SKODA FABIA R5)<br /> PEDRO VALE/RUI MEDEIROS (SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI)<br /> PETER RANGA/JANEK CZAKO (MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX)<br /> RAFAEL BOTELHO/JOÃO CABRAL (CITROÊN SAXO CUP)<br /> RALFS SIRMACIS/ARTURS SIMINS (PEUGEOT 208 R2)<br /> RENATO PITA/LUÍS CAVALEIRO (PEUGEOT 208 R2)<br /> RICARDO MOURA/ANTÓNIO COSTA (FORD FIESTA R5)<br /> RICHARD GENESCA/JULIEN LABATUT (SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI)<br /> ROBERT CONSANI/MAXINE VILMOT (CITROEN DS3 R5)<br /> RUBEN RODRIGUES/ESTÊVÃO RODRIGUES (MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO IX)<br /> RUBEN SANTOS/DAVID PAIVA (PEUGEOT 106)<br /> SAM MOFFETT/KARL ATKINSON (FORD FIESTA S2000)<br /> SERGIO MOUTINHO/NUNO CARVALHOSA (FIAT PUNTO 1.8 HGT)<br /> STEVE ROKLAND/JAMES ALDRIDGE (PEUGEOT 208 R2)<br /> TIAGO MOTA/JOSÉ PIMENTEL (CITROÊN AX GT)<br /> TOMAS KURKA/KAREL VAJIK (SKODA FABIA S2000)<br /> VASILY GRYAZIN/DMITRII LEBEDIK (PEUGEOT 208 R2)<br /> VOJTECH STAJF/FRANTISEK RAJNOHA (SUBARU IMPREZA STI)<br /> WILSON AGUIAR/JOSÉ CAMACHO (PEUGEOT 208 R2) returns to the Erc in Ypres, 25 May 2015 06:34:00 +0000Paul Evans2015YpresKevin Abbring Abbring will return to the FIA European Rally Championship next month, when he contests the Kenotek by CID LINES Ypres Rally (25-27 June).<p><img width="660" height="440" src="" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="AUTO - ERC ACROPOLIS 2014" /></p>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> The talented young Dutchman, who scored two ERC podium finishes in Azores and Corsica last year with the Peugeot Rally Academy, before moving to the FIA World Rally Championship this year with Hyundai Motorsport, will drive a privately-entered Citroën DS3 R5 in Belgium. The outing has been made possible thanks to an invitation from an eight-time Belgian rally champion and former Ypres Rally winner.<br /> <br /> “I am happy to announce that I will be competing in Ypres in a couple of weeks,” said Kevin. “I've got the green light from Hyundai Motorsport to drive on invitation from Pieter Tsjoen in a DS3 R5 as a private entrant. It's a great opportunity to get back some rhythm, it's been a while since my last event and any competitive kilometre will help in order to be as competitive and ready as possible for our next outing in WRC.” with Vasily Gryazin, 24 May 2015 09:37:40 +0000Paul Evans2015AçoresVasily Gryazin;A with Vasily Gryazin Having finished a blistering fifth in ERC Junior on the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, Russian youngster Vasily Gryazin says he’s out to win the class on SATA Rallye Açores in his Peugeot 208 R2. caught up with the Sports Racing Technologies driver before he flies off to the mid-Atlantic island of São Miguel.<p><img width="660" height="440" src="" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="AUTO - ERC LETTONIE RALLY 2015" /></p>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> <strong>You beat many powerful four-wheel drive cars to finish second on the Rally Masters Show in Moscow. How hard did you push your Peugeot and can a 208 R2 be driven any faster?<br /> </strong>“The Rally Masters Show was not very easy, as my brother and I fought to the limit! So, I think for my Peugeot 208 R2 to go any faster is not possible! My brother used to do touring car races and he knows very well this way – we were driving to the limit!”<br /> <br /> <strong>How much of a confidence boost does a performance like that give you, ahead of the next round of the ERC?<br /> </strong>“In the Azores I will try to push to the maximum. I feel very confident before the start of this rally. We will be serious contenders! I think we are well prepared for this rally.”<br /> <br /> <strong>What are you most looking forward to in the remaining rounds of ERC Juniors?<br /> </strong>“On the remaining stages I'm really looking forward to Rallye Açores. I did the rally last year and I have very good experience.”