ERC night stages planned for exciting Acropolis Rally
This year’s Acropolis Rally route is currently being finalised by the Greek Motorsport Federation (OMAE), but we can exclusive reveal that the penultimate round of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship is likely to contain stages run at night – offering a real test of bravery and skill to drivers and co-drivers alike. Subject to the route being approved by the FIA, scruntineering is scheduled to take place on Friday 9 October, the ceremonial start and opening stages will take place the following day, while the final gravel stages will be held on Sunday 11 October.
Breen stays positive in ERC title chase
Craig Breen says that it’s “important to stay positive” in his chase for the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship title, and feels the remaining four rallies will give him a good chance to retake the series lead. Despite winning three rallies in a row (in Latvia, Ireland and Azores), retirements in Ypres and Estonia has seen the Peugeot Rally Academy driver slip to second in the series. Kajetan Kajetanowicz now leads the ERC overall drivers’ standings again, with victory on the opening round in Austria and three fantastic second place finishes (in Ireland, Azores and Estonia) giving the LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 a five point lead after six rounds. “It was my second retirement in a row [in Estonia] and that’s not good for the championship,” said Breen. “I’m obviously disappointed but it’s important to stay positive and there are still several events where we will be able to continue our challenge for the title.”
Kasperczyk takes the Tiger to Barum Czech Rally Zlín
Tomasz Kasperczyk will contest the next round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín (28-30 August) in his Tiger Rally Team Fiesta R5. The Polish driver contested Rally Liepāja in a Subaru Impreza WRX STI, but has been concentrating mainly on the Polish rally championship this year in his Fiesta R5. He took the Fiesta R5 to auto24 Rally Estonia, but lost his chance of a good result after rolling it on a deceptive corner on day one. Co-driven by Damian Syty, it will be Kasperczyk’s first attempt at the Czech round of the ERC.
Ingram gets ERC advice from a Peugeot rally legend
Peugeot UK-supported ERC Junior driver Chris Ingram has been getting some advice from someone who knows the ups and downs of rallying, and the workings of Peugeot Sport, better than most – non-other than rally legend, Ari Vatanen. Ingram has met Vatanen many times. In fact, when the British driver made his FIA European Rally Championship debut on the 2013 Ypres Rally, Ingram was team-mate to Ari’s son, Max Vatanen. “It’s always a great pleasure to talk to Ari, because he’s the most passionate person I know when it comes to rallying,” said Ingram. “He has so much experience, everything he says is valuable to a young driver like me.”
Q&A with Emil Bergkvist
Opel works driver Emil Bergkvist became 2015 FIA European Junior Rally Champion with his second-place finish at the auto24 Rally Estonia. We asked the 21-year-old Swede about his sensational season in the Adam R2.
Congratulations on winning the ERC Junior title. How does it feel to be ERC Junior Champion?
What was the key to success?
But the guy in the left seat wasn’t bad either…
You created a solid foundation right at the start of the season by scoring the maximum points at the first two rounds in Latvia and Ireland.
The level within the ERC Junior is extremely high, making consistency all the more important.