Monday | 08 Aug 2022

Weekend round-up: ERC crews in action

It was a busy weekend for our FIA European Rally Championship regulars - and a winning weekend too, in many cases.

Several of the frontrunning ERC crews were in action across the continent at competitions ranging from Spain to Romania. 

Points leader Efrén Llarena advanced his preparations for Barum Czech Rally Zlín with another victory at Rally Blendio Cristian Lopez - a round of the Spanish asphalt series. The Team MRF Tyres driver won eight out of 11 stages to end over two minutes clear of the field. 

ERC-Michelin Talent Factory Champion Simone Tempestini also collected his share of silverware at Raliul Moldovei - taking a lights-to-flag win with his Škoda Fabia Rally2. Norbert Maior, who usually contests the Junior ERC, retired with technical problems in his Peugeot 208 R2. 

Llarena won at home - Image: RaceSeven Facebook

Junior ERC challenger Toni Herranen debuted a four-wheel drive Ford Fiesta Rally3 at WRC Secto Rally Finland. 

The Finn posted a series of top-two times in the WRC3 category but was denied a podium on the penultimate day when he hit a rock and had to limp through two stages with no brakes. 

Hayden Paddon scored a WRC2 podium, while Miko Marczyk - winner of ORLEN Rally Poland - ended third in WRC2 Junior. Mikko Heikkilä, a top-three runner at last month’s Tet Rally Liepāja, rolled out of contention on SS12.

Paddon was also contesting Finland

Tom Kristensson’s Hyundai i20 R5 picked up two punctures at Rajd Rzeszowski in Poland and the Swede eventually finished eighth overall, while Simone Campedelli achieved the same result at Rali Vinho da Madeira. 

Mārtiņš Sesks entered a Fabia Rally2-Kit at Rallijs Cēsis in his native Latvia, but retired with engine failure on the third stage.