ROME ROCKS! ERC DRIVERS RELISH VISIT TO ITALIAN CAPITAL
Drivers from the FIA European Rally Championship took to the streets of Rome last week – and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. They went on a guided motorised tour of the historic city ahead of Rally di Roma Capitale, completing an 11.50-kilometre route behind a police escort ahead of the ACI Roma Arena stage, which opened the spectacular asphalt event. Click for full story.
ERC WINNER LUKYANUK: MY TOUGHEST RALLY
Rally di Roma Capitale winner Alexey Lukyanuk said it was “one of the toughest” events he’d contested due to the intense competition he faced. Lukyanuk took his third victory of the FIA European Rally Championship season after fending off a determined charge from double ERC champion Giandomenico Basso by 7.5 seconds. Click for Alexey Lukyanuk Q&A.
FIRST ERC JUNIOR WIN UNEXPECTED, SAYS KREIM
Fabian Kreim celebrated his maiden victory in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship by admitting he came to Italy to score points rather than challenge for first place in the category for young stars in R5 cars. The ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland driver started Rally di Roma Capitale leading the standings but revealed his only target was to increase his experience. Click for full story.
PODIUM PLEASES RFEDA-BACKED ERC JUNIOR LLARENA
Efrén Llarena was back on the podium in the FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship in Italy last weekend – but the Rally Team Spain promise had to work hard for his third place. Llarena started Rally di Roma Capitale playing catch up in the title battle following his car-wrecking crash on Rally Islas Canarias back in May. And it proved a tough, but ultimately successful, return to ERC duty as the RFEDA-backed driver explained. Click for full story.
MAGALHÃES PLOTS ERC FIGHT-BACK MISSION
Bruno Magalhães is already in fight-back mode after he lost his FIA European Rally Championship lead to event winner Alexey Lukyanuk on Rally di Roma Capitale. The SEAJETS-backed Portuguese, who placed fifth in Italy, is nine points behind his Russian rival having started the all-asphalt event with a 15-point advantage. Click for full story.
ČERNÝ WANTED MORE ON ERC RETURN
Jan Černý wanted a podium finish on his return to the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship on Rally di Roma Capitale. The ACCR Czech Team driver, who was making his long-awaited first appearance of the season, was delayed by two punctures on day one and ultimately had to settle for fourth place in the same Ford Fiesta R5 Bryan Bouffier used to win the event outright in 2017. Click for full story.
INGRAM BOUNCES BACK IN THE ERC AND BACK ON FORM
Chris Ingram bounced back from his illness-enforced Rally Islas Canarias exit in style with a strong second place in the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship on Rally di Roma Capitale. Ingram started Rally Islas Canarias on a high after winning his category on the season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye only to pull out in the early stages in Gran Canaria after feeling unwell. Click for full story.
ERC JUNIOR SEASON STARTS NOW FOR VITA
Mattia Vita has declared his FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship campaign officially ‘go’ after the Italian scored a season-high fourth on his home event in Italy last weekend. Vita, a former karter and circuit racer of note, switched to Tagai Racing Technology for Rally di Roma Capitale and said he was relishing the experience on the back of a strong performance. Click for full story.
JOHANSSON KEEN ON FUTURE ERC KILOMETRES
Sebastian Johansson made his FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship debut last week – and returned to his native Sweden keen on gaining more experience on his next appearance in the Pirelli-supported category. Johansson was unable to finish either leg of Rally di Roma Capitale in his JR Motorsport-run PEUGEOT 208 R2, but plans to use that as a positive for the future. Click for fully story.
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