ITALY’S ERC COUNTER SET FOR SPECTACULAR ROME STAGE
Rally di Roma Capitale, Italy’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship, will get underway with a sensational superspecial stage in the country’s famous city on Friday 20 July. The sixth edition of the all-asphalt event, a popular newcomer to the ERC schedule in 2017, kicks off with the fan-friendly ACI Roma Arena stage, a 1.80-kilometre, two-by-two duel in the EUR area of Rome from 18h30 local time. It follows the ceremonial start from 16h45 and a spectacular driving tour of the legendary city with competitors following police escorts in groups of 10 passing by Rome’s numerous landmarks. Click for full story.
SAINTÉLOC JUNIOR TEAM ON TOP IN ERC ENTRANTS’ PRIZE CHASE
Saintéloc Junior Team’s Cyprus Rally entry paid dividends with the French squad taking first place in the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams. Strong results in two-wheel drive for Laurent Pellier and Catie Munnings earned Saintéloc Junior Team 40 points from the Larnaca-based event and a 13-point advantage over MOL Racing Team after the fourth round of the 2018 ERC season. Click for full story.
PODIUM BRACE PUTS HERCZIG HIGH IN ERC
Norbert Herczig made it two FIA European Rally Championship podiums in as many events with another impressive rookie performance, this time on the Cyprus Rally. The four-time Hungarian champion inherited third when Nasser Al-Attiyah suffered a final-stage puncture, despite the MOL Racing Team driver having to nurse a deflation of his own through the closing four kilometres. Click for full story.
ERC TITLE LEAD “VERY IMPORTANT” FOR MAGALHÃES
SEAJETS-backed Bruno Magalhães has underlined the importance of moving to the top of the title standings in his bid to continue his pursuit of FIA European Rally Championship glory. Second place on the Cyprus Rally gives the Portuguese a 15-point lead over Alexey Lukyanuk – who failed to go the distance on the second event running – at the halfway point of the season. However, Magalhães was unable to confirm if he’ll have the funds to contest next month’s Rally di Roma Capitale due to his ongoing financial struggles. Click for full story.
THREE-YEAR WAIT FOR ERC SUCCESS WORTH IT CYPRIOT DUO
Petros Panteli’s co-driver Kyprias Christodoulou said winning ERC2 on their home round of FIA European Rally Championship was the “best feeling” and the culmination of a three-year wait for success. Panteli and fellow Cypriot Christodoulou took the showroom category laurels on the Cyprus Rally in their Q8 Oils Rally Team Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. Click for full story.
ACCR CZECH TEAM’S ERC JUNIORS BATTLE FOR HOME PODIUM
Jan Černý just did enough to edge out fellow ACCR Czech Team driver Filip Mareš to land second place among the Czech championship runners in third overall on the recent Agrotec Petronas Rally Hustopeče. While former FIA European champion Jan Kopecký’s capture of a win number 20 in succession in his national series was a highlight, the battle between Černý and fellow Czech hopeful Mareš also created considerable interest. Click for full story.
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