ERC NEWSLETTER 2017-04 | 23 JANUARY 2017

Eight out of 10 for ERC on rALLYE mONTE-caRLO

Drivers with FIA European Rally Championship experience starred on Rallye Monte-Carlo last weekend with eight of the top 10 having competed in the ERC in the past. Craig Breen, ERC runner-up in 2015, placed a fine fifth overall in a factory Citroën DS3 WRC (pictured), while Stéphane Lefebvre was a stage-winning ninth in a new-generation Citroën C3 WRC. Ott Tänak, who won the ERC-counting auto24 Rally Estonia in 2014, placed third, one position behind Jari-Matti Latvala, who tried the ERC for size during his early career. Elfyn Evans (sixth) and Andreas Mikkelsen (seventh and first in WRC2) also have ERC experience, while 2013 ERC champion Jan Kopecký took eighth and second in WRC2. Bryan Bouffier, a multiple ERC event winner, completed the top 10 for the Gemini Clinic Rally Team. The 2017 ERC season begins with the Azores Airlines Rallye from 30 March-1 April. Breen, Kopecký and Mikkelsen are all former winners of the spectacular gravel event, as are world championship factory drivers Juho Hänninen and Kris Meeke, who were also in action on Rallye Monte-Carlo.

Prestigious recognition for ERC trio

Three drivers who achieved career lift-off by shining brightly in the FIA European Rally Championship have been marked out as ones to watch in 2017 by respected French motorsport magazine AUTOhebdo.

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ERC aces to battle Portuguese series stars in Azores 

Competitors in the FIA European Rally Championship will once again go up against leading runners from Portugal’s domestic series when the Azores Airlines Rallye takes place from 30 March-1 April.

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Why it’s double first time for Rally islas Canarias

Rally Islas Canarias will celebrate two notable firsts when it takes place from 4-6 May: As well as marking the first asphalt event of the 2017 ERC season, the event will form part of the ERC Junior Championship for the first time.

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Stat Sunday: the ERC winners of 2006

Giandomenico Basso bettered his runner-up spot in 2005 to claim the FIA European Rally Championship in ’06, still with co-driver Mitia Dotta but this time in an Abarth Grande Punto S2000.​

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2017 ERC CALENDAR

30 March-1 April: Azores Airlines Rallye
4-6 May: Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés
2-4 June: Acropolis Rally
16-18 June: Cyprus Rally 
3-5 August: Rally Rzeszow 
25-27 August: Barum Czech Rally Zlín
15-17 September: Rally di Roma Capitale (pictured)
6-8 October: Rally Liepāja

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