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ERC Newsletter #33/15

13 August 2015

Magnificent ERC entry for Barum Czech Rally Zlín

This month’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín (28-30 August) has received a magnificent FIA European Rally Championship entry – but you’ll have to wait until next Monday (17 August) for the publication of the list! However, with entries now closed, we can reveal that the provisional list includes 12 R5 cars – four ŠKODA Fabia R5s, four Ford Fiesta R5s, two Citroën DS3 R5s and two Peugeot 208 T16s – and eight S2000s, including six ŠKODA Fabia 2000s, and a Fiesta S2000 and a Mini John Cooper Works S2000. The battle for the ERC2 title will continue to be fought out between four drivers, while 19 ERC3 cars are on the list – amongst which is an extremely strong 14 car ERC Junior field. ERC registered drivers will be representing 19 different countries. With such a fantastic field, the 45th edition of the Barum Czech Rally Zlín could be one of the best ever!

Next month’s Cyprus Rally could be the fastest ever

The organisers of next month’s Cyprus Rally, round eight of the 2015 FIA European Rally Championship, say that this year’s 204.5 kilometre stage route could be the fastest in the history of the event. The action will begin on Friday (25 September) morning with the Qualifying Stage at Agios Sozomenos, just outside Nicosia, followed by the ceremonial start alongside the Mediterranean in Larnaca. Saturday (26 September) contains eight stages totalling 109.2kms, and includes two runs over the longest stage of the event, the 22.00km Lythrodontas test, and a super-special stage in the heart of the capital city of Nicosia. Sunday (27 September) contains a further eight stages, totalling 95.3kms, before the finish ceremony back in Larnaca. The service park will be located in Nicosia.

ERC Junior Vasily Gryazin leaves hospital

ERC Junior driver Vasily Gryazin has left hospital. The 21-year old Sports Racing Technologies Peugeot 208 R2 driver was an innocent victim of a very serious road accident just before the auto24 Rally Estonia, which left the young Russian in intensive care. After several operations on his legs and feet, Gryazin has been released from hospital to continue his treatment and rehabilitation at home – which could take up to a year for him to make a full recovery. Gryazin has expressed his gratitude to all the people who have sent their love and support, and we look forward to seeing him back in the ERC as soon as possible.  #VasyaGetWell

ERC Ladies’ champion becomes safety ambassador

ERC Ladies’ Trophy champion Ekaterina Stratieva has become an ambassador for road safety in her native Bulgaria. The role is part of a nationwide road safety initiative called Petrol Academy, which is supported by the biggest petroleum company in Bulgaria, Petrol. “We will travel all over Bulgaria with a car that is built in Bulgaria, and we will explain to people how to be more safe on the roads and how to care about the small, but important, things on a car,” explained Stratieva. “I am talking about the correct position of the hands on the steering wheel and the position of the driver’s seat, how to use the mirrors, parking, night driving, everything like that. It is a really nice idea and in the future we want to build it into something even bigger.” More information can be found at:

new Barum Czech Rally Zlín book focuses on the ERC

A brand new limited edition 160-page book on the rich history of the Barum Czech Rally Zlín has just been published, with a focus on its vibrant association with the FIA European Rally Championship. “As this year will be 45th edition of the Barum Rally, we decided to make a publication about history of the event,” said Clerk of the Course, Miloslav Regner. “The book looks back at each edition of the Barum Rally, with lot of beautiful pictures from the rally archives from professional photographers and rally sport friends in Zlín. Part of this book is also an introduction and stories about the Barum team, which was an important part of the promotion for the Barum company, mainly in 1970s and’ 80s.” Only 2,000 copies of the book will be printed, and you can buy it at the official Barum Czech Rally Zlín e-shop on or at rally headquarters before and during this year’s event.

Q&A with Steve Røkland

Steve Røkland has shown that a family-run team can compete at the highest level in the ERC Junior championship. Despite all new events, and a lack of pre-event testing, the 23-year old from Kongsvinger in Norway enters the final round, the Barum Czech Rally Zlín, third in the series, just eight points off the runners-up position. caught up with Steve as he prepares for his trip to the Czech Republic.

What has been your ERC Junior highlight so far and why?
“My highlight of the year so far has been to do the rally in Azores, because it is a really nice place and a completely different rally to what I am used to. To finish on the podium there was a really nice feeling, on one of the most difficult rallies in Europe.”

What are the main things you have learnt this year?
“That’s a really hard question, as I think I have learnt a lot in every area. To fight at the top in ERC Junior you have to push all the time and then you also learn a lot. I am very pleased with our performance this year, fighting in the top four positions on all the rallies we have done, also third in the championship and the only one who are fighting for a top position who haven’t done all the rallies before. We have also learnt a lot about the rallies, as all the rallies in ERC Junior are completely different to each other.”

What will be your strategy and ideal result on the final round?
“We will, for the first time this year, have a pre-event test before the Barum Rally, which I hope can help us from the start of the rally. Tarmac is not my favourite surface, but we will do our best. My goal for the rally is to secure a podium in ERC Juniors, and I know it will be hard as there are many good Tarmac drivers just behind us in the championship.”


Media accreditation & informations

Barum Czech Rally Zlin 
Czech Republic
28-30 August 2015

Media planning to attend the Barum Czech Rally Zlín (28-30 August) and not in possession of an ERC Permanent Press Credential must apply by following this link: ERC Permanent Press Credential holders planning to attend the event MUST confirm their attendance by emailing All television/radio enquiries must be addressed to Antonios Argyropoulos by emailing

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