Joy and despair shared equally between ERC top four!
The top four drivers in this year’s FIA European Rally Championship shared joy and despair in equal measure at last weekend’s Barum Czech Rally Zlin, with two having a fantastic run and two hitting problems. Kajetan Kajetanowicz had the most to celebrate, after finishing a magnificent third in his LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 and extending his ERC lead to 23 points. Alexey Lukyanuk was also delighted to finish fourth in his Russian Performance Motorsport-supported Fiesta R5, which has strengthen his third position in the ERC driver standings. Craig Breen still has a very good chance of lifting the ERC title, put three punctures contributed to the second-placed Peugeot Rally Academy 208 T16 driver finishing seventh in Zlin and losing ground to Kajetanowicz. Robert Consani remains fourth in the series, despite a massive high-speed accident in his Citroën DS3 R5. Fortunately Consani and co-driver Benoit Manzo emerged unharmed. Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler won the Barum Czech Rally Zlin in their ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia R5.
SEAJETS Acropolis Rally 2015
The penultimate round of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship will be called the SEAJETS Acropolis Rally 2015, following the announcement that OMAE, the Greek Motorsport Federation, has reached a two-year title sponsorship agreement with the sealine company, SEAJETS. In addition, this year’s sponsorship agreement also includes the naming of some of the special stages: SS1 - SEAJETS Kineta-Loutraki, SS2 - EKO Racing Kineta, SS3 - SEAJETS Athikia 1 and SS6 - EKO Racing Ziria. The SEAJETS Acropolis Rally 2015 takes place on 10-11 October.
ERC stars aces support FIA Action for Road Safety
FIA European Rally Championship registered crews taking part in last weekend’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín endorsed the FIA Action for Road Safety campaign by taking part in a photoshoot on the start ramp. A large crowd of spectators gathered in Náměstí Míru square, in the centre of Zlín, to watch the event’s ceremonial start – making it a truly spectacular launch of the popular Czech round of the ERC. The FIA's Action for Road Safety is a global campaign, focusing the federation's resources on helping its member organisations around the globe to educate and advocate for safer roads, vehicles and behaviours. It aims to lower the alarming figures associated with global road accidents and to spread the safer motoring message. Central to the campaign are the 10 Golden Rules for Safer Motoring. A set of simple tips intended to help motorists improve their driving behaviour. These rules hope to assist motorists in reaching a golden standard of motoring and to remind them of their responsibilities to themselves, their passengers and all other road users.
Bergkvist: ‘Colin McRae was a big idol for me’
Emil Bergkvist was presented with the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy at the end of the Barum Czech Rally Zlín, after winning the ERC Junior category in his Opel Adam R2. The Swedish driver, who is co-driven by Joakim Sjöberg, dominated the ERC Junior section of the event and won by almost three minutes. The prestigious award was presented by ERC Sporting Manager Jean-Pierre Nicolas. “I want to say thank you for this,” said Bergkvist. “Colin McRae was a big idol for me and finally I’ve won this trophy, it’s like a dream come true. We’ve had a very good season and thanks to everybody who has helped me for this. So thank you.”
Big ERC cheques in Czech for seven ERC private drivers
Top ERC privateer prize money earner Kajetan Kajetanowicz has increased his winnings to 36,000 Euros, after receiving the top bonus reward of 7,000 Euros at last weekend’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín. Seven drivers shared the Eurosport Events’ 20,000 Euro privateer prize fund at the Czech event, with cheques presented by ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley at the finish ceremony. Pictured is Czech privateer Pavel Valoušek receiving his 3,000 Euro bonus. To be eligible for the ERC privateer prize fund, 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. The Czech cheques were presented to:
First position: Kajetan Kajetanowicz (€7000)
Czech ETCC star pays a visit to the ERC
Ahead of this weekend’s FIA European Touring Car Cup race at Brno, Michal Matejovsky paid a visit to his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín – and met many of the top drivers, including old friend and rally winner Jan Kopecký. The 30-year old touring car star from Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic currently leads the TC2 class in his Křenek Motorsport BMW 320si. Matejovsky enjoyed a visit to the Barum Rally service area and then saw the cars in action on the Slušovice stage. “This is the first time I have ever been to a rally, and I am really impressed,” said Matejovsky. “I have never driven a rally car, but I’m sure it would be a lot of fun to do.”
Q&A with Kajetan Kajetanowicz
On only his second appearance at the event, Kajetan Kajetanowicz finished as top non-Czech driver and third overall on the Barum Czech Rally Zlín. The result sees the Pole increase his lead in the ERC, so fiaerc.com caught up with the LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 driver after his latest ERC triumph.
You have extended your lead in the ERC, so you must be satisfied with the Czech rally result?
You had a problem with the engine on SS14, what happened and did that influence your confidence?
There are three rallies to go now. What are your plans for the rest of the championship?