Tarabus to make ŠKODA Fabia R5 debut on Barum Czech Rally Zlín
Jaromír Tarabus will be gunning for glory on the next round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín (28-30 August), when he drives a privately-entered ŠKODA Fabia R5 for the first time. Despite rallying for 17 years, it will only be the experienced 38-year old Czech driver’s second ever rally in a turbocharged car, having driven a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX on the same event in 2011. Tarabus does have a record at the Barum Czech Rally Zlín, and won the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy for his performance there last year. The Fabia R5 will be run by Kresta Racing, and Daniel Trunkát will co-drive. "We look forward to this new Czech car and especially to a new challenge that will be to learn how to use the driveability of the car fully in the shortest possible time,” said Tarabus. “We hope that we will be able to pass successfully some testing kilometres and find a satisfactory set-up and get familiar with the Fabia R5 as much as possible."
Busy August for Opel’s ERC Junior duo
It’s going to be a very busy August for ERC Junior champion Emil Bergkvist and his ADAC Opel Rallye Junior team-mate Marijan Griebel, as they contest three major rallies in four weeks. First, the pair will contest this weekend’s ADAC Cosmo Rallye Wartburg. The ADAC Opel Rallye Cup event is based in Eisenach, the home of Opel, and Bergkvist and Griebel can expect a hero’s welcome from fans, after such a triumphant ERC campaign. Together with co-drivers Joakim Sjöberg and Stefan Clemens, Bergkvist and Griebel will then take their Adam R2s to the next round of the WRC, ADAC Rallye Deutschland (20-23 August). From there, it is straight to the Czech Republic, where Griebel will be trying to claim the runners-up spot on the final round of the ERC Junior championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín (28-30 August).
Fantastic Barum Czech Rally Zlín VIP packaged for ERC fans
This month’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín will offer rally fans some fantastic VIP perks, as round seven of the FIA European Rally Championship celebrates its 45th anniversary. Fans will be able to watch the spectacular opening Zlín city super special stage on Friday (28 August) from a special VIP spectators' post beside Building 21, with a rally reception, food and drinks. This VIP package also includes the entrance badge for the entire rally weekend. On Saturday (29 August) fans can enjoy a VIP programme in Slušovice, with the best views of a long section of the special stage, with excellent hospitality thrown in! VIPs can also become co-drivers in a Mitsubishi rally car or watch the Barum Rally special stage from a helicopter. More information on these fantastic VIP packages, along with all ticketing prices and a cool merchandise shop, is available at the Barum Czech Rally Zlín e-shop at www.visitrally.cz.
Annual ERC Czech birthday bash for Kostka
Tomáš Kostka will contest his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín (28-30 August). Kostka, who lives in Zlín, is one of the Czech Republic’s most versatile drivers, having raced in World Series by Renault, the DTM and at the Le Mans 24 Hours and rallied a wide variety of machinery, from a Fiat Abarth Grande Punto S2000 to a Citroën DS3 WRC. Kostka, who will celebrate his 31st birthday at the next round of the ERC, has contested the event every year since 2006. He has twice finished third – in 2014 (in a Ford Fiesta R5) and in 2012 (in a ŠKODA Fabia S2000). He has only contested one rally in 2015, winning Rally Vyškov in a Fiesta RS WRC. “I am still not sure which car I will use on the Barum Rally,” said Kostka. “It should be Ford Fiesta RRC or a car in the R5 class. We will make some tests during the next weeks and then we will decide.”
JRM invite ERC drivers to test new NR4-spec Subaru WRX STI
British motorsport preparation specialist, JRM, is inviting FIA European Rally Championship drivers to test its brand new NR4-spec Subaru WRX STI production rally car, which is eligible for use in the ERC2 category. The first of a number of tests will take place on Wednesday 12 August at the MIRA proving ground and test track in Leicestershire (UK). JRM’s professional test and development driver, Terry Kaby, will attend the asphalt test to offer teams and drivers advice and technical insight. Anyone interested in attending can contact JRM’s Senior Sales Manager, Steve Smith: email@example.com / +44 (0) 7590 851862.
Q&A with Chris Ingram
Chris Ingram will be heading to the final round of the ERC Junior championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín, aiming to secure the runners-up spot in the series. With many high-class performances, victory on the SATA Rallye Açores and no crashes, it’s been an excellent year for the Peugeot UK-backed driver, who is out to end the season on a high in his 208 R2. Fiaerc.com caught up with the British driver.
What has been your ERC Junior highlight so far and why?
What are the main things you have learnt this year?
What will be your strategy and ideal result on the final round?