FIA ERChttp://www.fiaerc.comEuropean Rally ChampionshipFri, 29 May 2015 20:20:12 +0000en-UShourly1 Sata Rallye Açores preview: Star-studded ERC field to mark 50th SATA Rallye Açores in style, 29 May 2015 14:27:09 +0000Paul Evans2015Açores FIA European Rally Championship is set for a big celebration next week (4-6 June) when SATA Rallye Açores takes place for the 50th time. Counting as round four of the 2015 ERC season, the popular island event has attracted a 49-car entry, while a massive 50,000 Euro privateer prize fund is up for grabs.<p><img width="660" height="440" src="çores_Sete-Cidades-stage_Craig-Breen-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="action,01 Breen Craig, Martin Scott, Peugeot 208 T16,during the 2014 European Rally Championship ERC Ireland rally, from May 15 to 17th, at Ponta Delgada, Azores Island, Photo Jorge Cunha / DPPI" /></p>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Portuguese drivers will turn out in force to try to ensure a home victory. But they’ll face stiff competition from an equally strong visiting ERC contingent And it will be a spectacular battle, with 18 R5 and Super 2000 cars and 14 ERC Junior Championship contenders on the entry list and all drivers vying for ERC Gravel Masters points.<br /> <br /> Based on the archipelago’s largest island of São Miguel in the mid-Atlantic, this year’s SATA Rallye Açores features 17 special stages covering 216.61 kilometres (88 per cent gravel and 12 per cent asphalt) and will include the famous signature Sete Cidades stage, part of which runs around the rim of an extinct volcano.<br /> <br /> A favourite event for many of the drivers, owning to the island’s breathtaking scenery and its challenging stages, this year’s rally begins with the traditional City Show demonstration event in Ponta Delgada on Wednesday evening before the competitive action begins with the 3.22-kilometre Qualifying Stage for ERC registered drivers on Thursday. The fastest 15 will then select the running order for Leg One, which begins with three stages (totalling 23.56kms) later the same day. Leg One continues the following day, with eight stages – four run in the morning and repeated in the afternoon. This includes the Sete Cidades test, which, at 28.92kms, is the longest of the event. After another 92.16kms, Leg One comes to an end on Friday evening.<br /> <br /> Leg Two begins at 08h30 on Saturday, with a further six stages (totalling 100.89kms). This includes the 21.38km Tronqueira stages, which is lined with the island’s famous hydrangea bushes, making it one of the most beautiful stages in the ERC. The finish will take place at Praça Gonçalo Velho in Ponta Delgada from 19h00.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Breen takes slender ERC lead to Azores<br /> </em></strong>Craig Breen takes a slender three point FIA European Rally Championship lead into SATA Rallye Açores, with the Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16 driver on top form after his dream victory on the previous round, the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally. Hot on the Irishman’s heels is Kajetan Kajetanowicz, who will drive a brand new LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5. After making a superb four-wheel drive ERC debut in Northern Ireland, Charles Martin takes to the gravel for the first time in his Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16. Robert Consani will compete in his stunning Citroën DS3 R5, while ERC regular Giacomo Costenaro appears in his Peugeot 207 S2000. Antonín Tlusťák, Tomáš Kurka and Jaroslav Orsák all drive ŠKODA Fabia S2000s, while Jonathan Hirschi returns to the fray in his 208 T16. Jean-Michel Raoux is excited by the prospect of the “completely mad” Sete Cidades stage. The French gravel expert scored his best ERC result of his career in the Azores last year, finishing third in a 207 S2000, and returns in a H-Racing Fiesta R5. Irish brothers Josh and Sam Moffett, who finished third and fourth respectively on the Circuit of Ireland, will drive Fiesta RRCs on their first appearance on the event.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Portugal’s top drivers aim for SATA Rallye Açores victory<br /> </em></strong>Several top Portuguese drivers will take on the FIA European Rally Championship regulars on SATA Rallye Açores. Two-time event winner Bruno Magalhães, who tackled selected ERC events in 2014, will contest his first rally for six months, and believes his 208 T16 is capable of giving him his third win. Seven-time Azores champion Ricardo Moura will drive an ex-Kajetanowicz Fiesta R5, while José Pedro Fontes, who has already won two rounds of this year’s Portuguese championship, appears in a Citroën DS3 R5. João Barros (Fiesta R5) will also be one to watch, as will the ŠKODA Fabia S2000s driven by Joaquim Alves and Carlos Martins. Unfortunately, Pedro Meireles hasn’t been able to repair his all-new ŠKODA Fabia R5 following a testing accident, which suffered a cracked engine block.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>ERC2 title rivals face stiff opposition from series newcomers<br /> </em></strong>The close battle for the ERC2 title will intensify further on SATA Rallye Açores, as two rapid drivers make their first appearance of the season. Vojtěch Štajf arrives in the Azores leading ERC2 after regaining the series lead by scoring top points in Northern Ireland, after Krisztián Hideg was excluded. This will be Štajf’s 173rd rally, but his first on gravel, so he’s planning a cautious outing in his Subaru Duck Czech National Team Impreza WRX STI. Dávid Botka led ERC2 after Rally Liepāja in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX and is now only seven points behind Štajf, so will been keen to swap positions again. Botka has even driven his team’s service truck from Hungary to Portugal himself, to help ensure the safe passage of the precious cargo! Dominykas Butvilas was super-fast in his Subaru Poland Rally Team Impreza in Latvia, and will be looking for his first win of the season. Adding to the fight will be last year’s SATA Rallye Açores ERC Production Car Cup winner Luis Rego (Lancer), while Hungary’s Peter Ranga also makes his first appearance of the season in his Topp-Cars Rallye Team Mitsubishi.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>After snow and asphalt, ERC Juniors set for gritty battle on gravel<br /> </em></strong>Emil Bergkvist is aiming for a straight hat-trick of ERC Junior wins in the Azores, but the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver might not necessarily arrive as pre-event favourite. The Swede has never done the event before, and he’ll be up against Chris Ingram – a driver who finished second in Azores last year, beaten only by eventual ERC Junior champion, Stéphane Lefebvre. The Peugeot UK driver has, like Bergkvist, enjoyed a good pre-event test programme this time, his 208 R2 is an equal to the Adam R2 on tight and twisty sections and the British driver, who lies second in the standings, has identified SATA Rallye Açores as one of his best changes to score maximum points. Ralfs Sirmacis’s pace on snow and asphalt has put him third in the series, and the Latvian will surely fly in his 208 R2 – as indeed will his Sport Racing Technologies team-mate Vasily Gryazin, who came close to an overall podium in the Azores last year. Portugal’s Diogo Gago will be aiming for a good performance on his home round of the ERC in his Peugeot Rally Academy R2, while rising Romanian star Florin Tincescu returns to “one of the most beautiful rallies I have ever done” in his Napoca Rally Academy 208. Steve Røkland is back on his favoured surface and match-fit after rallies in his native Norway, while Azores is a new adventure for fellow rapid Peugeot drivers Jon Armstrong and Mattias Adielsson. Gino Bux finished on the podium in the Azores last year, on what was his first gravel rally. That will give Marijan Griebel some optimism, as the German ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team driver will land in the Azores with one previous gravel rally under his belt. Since the Circuit of Ireland, Łukasz Pieniążek has contested two rounds of the Polish championship, finishing on the class 4 podium both times. Meanwhile, Aleks Zawada has been getting some pre-event advice from Krzysztof Hołowczyc, who was ERC champion in 1997 – when Zawada was just five years old. Emīls Blūms is the latest driver to register for ERC Junior, and the talented Latvian will make his first rally start outside the Baltics in a Fiesta R2.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Pita returns in battle for non-Junior ERC3 honours<br /> </em></strong>ERC stalwart Renato Pita returns to the battle for honours for ERC3 drivers outside the ERC Junior category in his colourful Peugeot, and faces a tough fight with fellow Portuguese drivers Henrique Moniz and Paulo Neto, both driving Citroën DS3 R3Ts, and Wilson Aguiar (208 R2). The only non-Portuguese driver in the line-up, Romanian Alex Filip, will make his first ERC appearance of 2015 in a Renault Clio R3 Maxi Plus.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>50,000 Euros up for grabs in ERC privateer prize fund<br /> </em></strong>To mark the 50th running of SATA Rallye Açores, ERC promoter Eurosport Events has increased its privateer prize fund from 20,000 to 50,000 Euros. In addition to the top-placed privateer finisher receiving a larger cheque for 10,000 Euros, the top three privateer ERC Junior finishers will also share 12,000 Euros – with the leading Junior privateer receiving 6,000 Euros. Eurosport Events has already given away 60,000 Euros in prize money to the most successful private crews on the first three rounds of the ERC – with 20,000 Euros awarded at the opening Internationale Jännerrallye powered by GaGa Energy in Austria, Rally Liepāja in Latvia and at the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally. To be eligible for ERC privateer prize money drivers must register for the ERC, receive no manufacturer support*, use tyres from one of the three ERC partner companies (Michelin, Pirelli and Yokohama) and not compete in a Regional Rally Car. *Eurosport Events will determine privateer status in consultation with the manufacturer in question.<br /> <br /> <strong>ERC brings 13 million Euros to the Azores<br /> </strong>The Algarve University carried out an economic impact study of the SATA Rallye Açores, showing that last year’s FIA European Rally Championship event generated revenues of more than 13 million Euros – a return 13.5 times higher than the investment. Vitor Fraga, the Azorean Regional Secretary of Tourism and Transport, added that for the Government of the Azores, SATA Rallye Açores continues to be one of the biggest and best events that promotes the Azores globally, thanks to its partnership with Eurosport Events. He said that the Azorean Government will continue to support the rally, as the economic results demonstrate that the investment continues to be beneficial for all.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Ponta Delgada City Show stage back by popular demand<br /> </em></strong>The City Show on Ponta Delgada’s main promenade is back by popular demand. Run purely for fun, rally cars will blast along an all-asphalt stage on Wednesday evening, with the ERC stars encouraged to put on a spectacle for the thousands of fans who line the route. The City Show stage does not count towards the final results.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>FIVE SATA RALLYE AÇORES FACTS<br /> </em></strong>*This year’s SATA Rallye Açores takes on added significance as the 50th running of the popular island event. The winners back in 1965 were Luís Toste Rego and Zeca Toste in a Fiat 1500.<br /> <br /> *Despite winning seven Azorean championships, local legend Ricardo Moura has never won SATA Rallye Açores. The same can’t be said for Fernando Peres, whose tally of seven wins is a record. However, when it comes to the record number of starts he trails Franco Horacio, who has taken part 23 times.<br /> <br /> *The Açores archipelago, which lies approximately equidistant between Lisbon and New York in the Atlantic Ocean, consists of nine islands formed from a series of volcanic eruptions. São Miguel to the southeast, where the rally is based, is the biggest at 747 km2, while Corvo, to the northwest, is the smallest at 17km2.<br /> <br /> *Known as the Green Island due its lush and fertile landscape, São Miguel is famous for its changeable weather with sunshine one minute and rain the next.<br /> <br /> *Azorean menus are big on fish and seafood with barnacle a particular delicacy. It wouldn’t be unheard of to start a meal with a dish of local mashed red peppers and cheese.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>ON THIS EVENT IN 2014…<br /> </em></strong>Portugal’s Bernardo Sousa scored his first ERC victory in a Ford Fiesta RRC, after a dramatic final-stage showdown. Sousa started the last stage just 5.1s ahead of Kevin Abbring, and in a final push won the stage by 1.1s to secure a victory margin of 6.2s. Abbring finished second in a Peugeot 208 T16, and was awarded the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy for his efforts, which included using cable ties to fashion a replacement belt to drive the alternator and powersteering after it had failed mid-way through the event. Jean-Michel Raoux (Peugeot 207 S2000) took a career-best third when Vasily Gryazin slid his Fiesta S2000 off the road into a ditch with one stage remaining. Robert Consani (Peugeot 207 S2000) battled home in fourth following punctures and broken driveshafts, while Luis Rego took a narrow ERC Production Car Cup win in fifth ahead of sixth-placed Ricardo Teodósio – both in Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX. Stéphane Lefebvre won the ERC Junior category in his the Peugeot Rally Academy 208 R2. There were several top retirements, including Craig Breen, whose Peugeot Rally Academy 208T16 suffered an electrical failure. A technical problem with his 207 S2000 also put two-time event winner Bruno Magalhães out, while the victory aspirations of Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Ricardo Moura were dashed when they both hit the same rock and damaged the suspension on their Fiesta R5s.<br /> <br /> <strong><em>EVENT ESSENTIALS (all timings local)</em></strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Ceremonial start:</strong> 15h15, Thursday 4 June, Praça Gonçalo Velho, Ponta Delgada<br /> <br /> <strong>Podium finish:</strong> 19h02, Saturday 6 June, Praça Gonçalo Velho, Ponta Delgada<br /> <br /> <strong>Headquarters:</strong> Pavilhão do Mar, Portas do Mar, Av. Infante D. Henrique, 9500 Ponta Delgada<br /> <br /> <strong>Service park: </strong>Portas do Mar<br /> <br /> <strong>ERC appearances (since the restructuring in 2004): </strong>Two (2013, 2014)<br /> <br /> <strong>Stages:</strong> 17<br /> <br /> <strong>Stage distance: </strong>226.67 kilometres (125.28 kilometres leg one, 101.39 kilometres leg two)<br /> <br /> <strong>Liaison:</strong> 487.54 kilometres<br /> <br /> <strong>Total:</strong> 714.21 kilometres<br /> <br /> <strong>Surface:</strong> Mainly gravel but with some asphalt sections<br /> <br /> <strong><em> </em></strong><br /> <br /> <strong><em>MEDIA EVENTS AND INFORMATION (all timings local)</em></strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Media accreditation/media centre: </strong>Pavilhão do Mar, Portas do Mar, Av. Infante D. Henrique, 9500 Ponta Delgada<br /> <br /> <strong>Opening times: </strong>14h00-20h00, Monday 1 June; 14h00-20h00, Tuesday 2 June; 13h00-19h00, Wednesday 3 June; 08h00-23h30, Thursday 4 June; 08h00-22h30, Friday 5 June; 08h00-22h30, Saturday 6 June<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Wednesday 3 June</em></strong><br /> <br /> <strong>City Show:</strong> 19h15-20h30, Av. Infante D. Henrique, Ponta Delgada<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Thursday 4 June</em></strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Free Practice (for ERC registered drivers): </strong>08h00-09h45, Remédios – Lagoa (3.22 kilometres)<br /> <br /> <strong>Qualifying Stage (for ERC registered drivers):</strong> 10h00, Remédios – Lagoa (3.22 kilometres)<br /> <br /> <strong>Shakedown (for non-priority drivers):</strong> 11h00-12h45, Remédios – Lagoa (3.22 kilometres)<br /> <br /> <strong>Start order selection: </strong>13h15, Portas do Mar<br /> <br /> <strong>FIA Action for Road Safety photocall:</strong> 13h25, Portas do Mar<br /> <br /> <strong>Pre-rally press conference: </strong>13h30, Media Centre, Portas do Mar<br /> <br /> <strong>Autograph signing session:</strong> 13h50-14h15, Baía dos Anjos, Portas do Mar<br /> <br /> <strong><em>Saturday 6 June</em></strong><br /> <br /> <strong>Post-event press conference:</strong> 20h15, Podium, Praça Gonçalo Velho<br /> <br /> <strong>Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy presentation:</strong> Immediately following the post-event press conference, Media Centre<br /> <br /> <strong>Event media contact:</strong> Rui Anjos, <a href=""></a>, +351 296960400<br /> <br /> <strong>Television coverage:</strong> A preview show, daily highlights and the post-event <em>Inside ERC</em> magazine programme will be broadcast on Eurosport<br /> <br /> <strong>ERC Rally Radio:</strong> Live throughout the event at <a href=""></a> or through the ERC app<br /> <br /> <strong>Results, standings, live timing and text commentary:</strong> <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Rights-free images:</strong> Register at the new media section of <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> Follow the ERC on Facebook and Twitter SATA Rallye Açores entry list published, 29 May 2015 13:43:27 +0000Paul Evans2015Açores entry list for next week’s SATA Rallye Açores (4-6 June), round four of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, has been published – and it’s jammed packed with top drivers.<p><img width="660" height="440" src="çores_Ricardo-Moura_-1024x683.jpg" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="action, 05 Ricardo Moura, Sancho Eiro , Ford Fiesta R5, during the 2014 European Rally Championship ERC Ireland rally, from May 15 to 17th, at Ponta Delgada, Azores Island, Photo Jorge Cunha / DPPI" /></p>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Forty-nine crews will be in action and a massive 50,000 Euro privateer prize fund on offer, as a total of 18 R5 and Super 2000 cars battling it out for overall victory and ERC Gravel Master points, while another strong 14 car ERC Junior field will be in action.<br /> <br /> Several of Portugal’s top drivers – including double event winner Bruno Magalhães (Peugeot 208 T16) and seven-time Azores champion Ricardo Moura (Ford Fiesta R5) – will take on a number of ERC regulars, including series leader Craig Breen (Peugeot 208 T16), Kajetan Kajetanowicz (Fiesta R5), Robert Consani (Citroën DS3 R5), Charles Martin and Jonathan Hirschi (both 208 T16s). Czech trio Antonín Tlusťák, Tomáš Kurka and Jaroslav Orsák (all ŠKODA Fabia S2000s) will also be in action, as will and Irish brothers Josh and Sam Moffett (Fiesta RRCs) – in what promises to be a fantastic fight for the honour of winning the 50th edition of the famous island event. Unfortunately, Pedro Meireles is a non-starter due to damage sustained to his ŠKODA Fabia R5 in a testing accident.<br /> <br /> The full entry list can be found <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; Racing Technologies junior star duo ready for Erc island action, 29 May 2015 10:55:16 +0000Paul Evans2015AçoresRalfs SirmacisVasily Gryazin Vasily Gryazin and Ralfs Sirmacis won’t just be battling for top dog bragging rights in the Sports Racing Technologies team - they’ll be out to win ERC Juniors on next week’s SATA Rallye Açores (4-6 June).<p><img width="660" height="440" src="" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="37 Gryazin Vasily Lebedik Dimitrii Peugeot 208 VTI Action 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 /> 21-year old Russian driver Gryazin and Latvian pilot Sirmacis – who celebrates his 21st birthday today (Happy Birthday Ralfs!) – both say they will push their Peugeot 208 R2s to the limit on the Azores, in search of maximum points. However, their experience of the São Miguel island’s stunning gravel stages is very different.<br /> <br /> “I'm really looking forward to Rallye Açores,” says Gryazin. “I did the rally last year and I have very good experience. 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 /> “We have never been to the Azores, although we have visited mainland Portugal several times,” added Sirmacis. “We know that it is a very difficult rally, with lots of rocks, hills and possibilities to fall off a cliff! We both love everything about gravel, we were born to drive gravel. It’s more difficult than Tarmac, and it never forgives mistakes. We will try and fight to be no more and no less than first!” ready to rock in a 208 T16, 29 May 2015 08:29:17 +0000Paul Evans2015Rok Turk Turk will make his competition debut in a Peugeot 206 T16 on this weekend’s FUCHS Saturnus Rally Velenje – and we hope the rapid Slovenian driver will bring it to the FIA European Rally Championship in the very near future!<p><img width="660" height="440" src="" class="attachment-large wp-post-image" alt="Rok-Turk-Blanka-Kacin-Peugeot-208-T16" /></p>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Turk has been driving a new 208 R2 on selected ERC3 rounds this year – but he’s no stranger to four-wheel drive either, having previously rallied a Peugeot 207 S2000. We’ll be watching this weekend’s events in Slovenia with interest, as he and co-driver Blanka Kacin contest a new event, which sees the Saturnus and Velenje rallies merge into one. 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.




H ΟΜΑΕ παρέλαβε σήμερα 6/5/2015 από την FIA επιστολή με το εξής περιεχόμενο:

«Σας γνωρίζουμε πως η Εθνική Αθλητική Αρχή (ASN) στην Ελλάδα ζήτησε την πλήρη εκχώρηση της Αθλητικής Εξουσίας (Sporting Power) υπέρ της ΟΜΑΕ για το 2015, σύμφωνα με το άρθρο 5α του καταστατικού της FIA. Ως εκ τούτου το θέμα αυτό θα υποβληθεί προς επικύρωση στο Παγκόσμιο Συμβούλιο Μηχανοκίνητου Αθλητισμού κατά την επόμενη συνεδρίασή του, η οποία θα πραγματοποιηθεί στο Μεξικό στις 10 Ιουλίου 2015. Παρακαλώ μην διστάσετε να επικοινωνήσετε μαζί μας, για οποιαδήποτε διευκρίνηση.»

Η Ομοσπονδία μας αποδέχεται με χαρά την πρόκληση και δεσμεύεται πως θα προσπαθήσει πάση δυνάμει να εκπληρώσει τις υποχρεώσεις της χώρας όσον αφορά στις διεθνείς διοργανώσεις που έχουν αναληφθεί, και όχι μόνο.

Ειδικά για το Ράλλυ Ακρόπολις του 2015 (Rally of Greece) το οποίο συμπεριλαμβάνεται στο ημερολόγιο του Ευρωπαϊκού Πρωταθλήματος Ράλλυ (ERC) της φετινής χρονιάς, η ΟΜΑΕ θα προσπαθήσει στον ελάχιστο χρόνο που απομένει και υπό τις πολύ αντίξοες οικονομικές συνθήκες της χώρας αυτή την περίοδο, να αντεπεξέλθει στην πρόκληση. Ευελπιστούμε στη στήριξη από την πλευρά της Πολιτείας και ειδικότερα...