R5 x 35 FOR AZORES ERC SEASON OPENER!
A staggering 35 R5 cars are entered for the Azores Airlines Rallye, the opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship from 22-24 March. Underlining the popularity of the ERC, the R5 entry marks a seven-car increase over last season’s Azores Airlines Rallye and is just two shy of the 2017 record of 37 R5 cars, which was set on Barum Czech Rally Zlín in Central Europe during the summer. In addition, 12 drivers are entered for the ERC Junior Under 28 Championship, which caters for young stars in R5 cars, while 11 will line up in ERC Junior Under 27 for drivers in R2 cars on Pirelli tyres. Click here for full story.
ANOTHER ERC SEASON FOR ACCR? CZECH!
Czech Republic’s motorsport federation, ACCR, will continue to support a team of rising talents in the FIA European Rally Championship following a hugely successful first foray in 2017. After narrowly missing out on the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams and claiming class wins in ERC Junior Under 27 and ERC Junior Under 28, the ACCR Czech Team will enter Jan Černý in ERC Junior U28 for young stars in R5 cars and Dominik Brož in ERC Junior U27 where drivers compete in R2 machinery on Pirelli tyres. Filip Mareš, third in ERC Junior U27 in 2017 and an ERC Junior Experience graduate, will step to an R5 car for a Czech championship bid, which includes the ERC-counting Barum Czech Rally Zlín. Mareš, 26, will be registered for ERC points. Click here for full story
FROM RUSSIA WITH PACE: LUKYANUK READY TO THRILL AGAIN IN ERC
Alexey Lukyanuk will bid for FIA European Rally Championship gold in 2018 when he will double as the ultimate benchmark for his young rivals chasing success in the ERC Junior Under 28 category. One of the fastest drivers of his generation, Lukyanuk’s high-pace approach has earned him a legion of fans plus numerous victories and awards, making him the perfect target driver for the R5-equipped ERC Junior U28 contingent. Click here for full story.
MOLINARO R5 ERC ENTRY CONFIRMED INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
The FIA European Rally Championship celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March by confirming Tamara Molinaro’s registration in an R5 car. Rising talent Molinaro, 20, from Italy and winner of the ERC Ladies’ Trophy in 2017, will become the first female in history to sign up for a season-long ERC campaign in an R5 car following her graduation from ERC Junior Under 27 class. Click here for full story.
NEW LINE-UP, SAME OBJECTIVE FOR OPEL ERC SQUAD
The ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team might have changed its driver line-up for 2018 but the objective remains unchanged: to continue its winning streak in ERC Junior. Tom Kristensson and Mārtiņš Sesks are the two drivers charged with flying the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team flag in FIA ERC Junior Under 27 this season and both have the potential to shine in the six-event series, the ultimate training ground for young hopefuls aiming for the top. Click here for full story.
AUSTRIAN ACE NEUBAUER PLOTS ERC BID
Having excelled at national level, Hermann Neubauer will take on some of Europe’s rallying elite when he contests the FIA European Rally Championship in 2018. Austrian champion in 2016 and runner-up to Volkswagen Polo R World Rally Car driver Raimund Baumschlager last season, Neubauer will return to the ERC five years on from his last major foray in the championship when he took part in the 2WD division as a relative novice. Click here for full story.
VALLENTIN STEPS UP TO ERC JUNIOR WITH BIG AMBITIONS
Danish prospect Simon Vallentin will be aiming high when he steps up to the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC Junior Under 27 category in 2018. As well as trying to emulate compatriot Henrik Lundgaard by winning the European title, Vallentin wants to go one better by becoming Denmark’s first world champion rally driver in the future. He has chosen ERC Junior Under 27 for the clear path of progression it provides from the lower level of rallying to the sport’s top tier. Click here for full story.
BRITON YATES UP FOR ERC ADVENTURE
Rhys Yates will make his FIA European Rally Championship debut on the Azores Airlines Rallye. A frontrunner in the British championship, Yates has registered for ERC Junior Under 28 and is contemplating at least one more appearance in the series this season – July’s Rally di Roma Capitale – in a ŠKODA Fabia R5. Click here for full story.
LOUBET ON FOR ERC GLORY FOLLOWING BRC RACING TEAM LIVE LAUNCH
Team OSCARO’s Pierre-Louis Loubet will be ready to bid for FIA European Rally Championship success on the Azores Airlines Rallye later this month. The Frenchman, who will compete for honours in the ERC Junior Under 28 category, revealed during his BRC Racing Team’s online launch in Cherasco, Italy on 10 March. Click here for full story.