Rally Hungary 2019 - 07-09/11/2019
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Where: Nyíregyháza, Hungary
The rally in 100 words: Hungary returns to the ERC for the first time since 2003 with a new sealed-surface event in Nyíregyháza, north-east Hungary, approximately 150 minutes by car from the capital Budapest. While the event was effectively brand new for 2018 when it ran as the Nyíregyháza Rally and counted as the Hungarian championship finale, the city and surrounding region were regulars on the national scene in previous years. Four-time Hungarian champion and double ERC podium finisher Norbert Herczig talks of a “mixture of very fast and very narrow, but good quality stages”, while the event enjoys enthusiastic government and local authority support.
FIA European Rally Championship 2019, round 8 of 8
Abarth Rally Cup, round 6 of 6
Also counting for…
FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, ERC Nations’ Cup, ERC Ladies’ Trophy
What’s new for 2019?
Rally Hungary is a new addition to the ERC calendar from 2019, taking over from Rally Liepāja as the deciding event of the season.
2019: Frigyes Turán/László Bagaméri (ŠKODA Fabia R5)
2018: András Hadik/Attila Deák (Ford Fiesta R5)*
*Event ran as the Nyíregyháza Rally
1: As well as hosting a round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Nyíregyháza is famous for its zoo, which is home to 500 species and 5000 animals on a 30-hectare site.
2: Several Hungarian drivers contest the European Rally Championship each season with Tibor Érdi Jr winning the ERC2 title for a second year running in 2018, while Dávid Botka was a stage winner, Kristóf Klausz an ERC3 Junior point-scorer and Norbert Herczig a double podium finisher last season.
3: Herczig, who stepped up to the ERC in 2018 with the MOL Racing Team, is one of Hungary’s most successful rally drivers having taken the national title four times, including consecutively from 2015-2017.
4: ERC promoter Eurosport Events has a long association with Hungary through the FIA World Touring Car Championship and now the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO.
5: Not since Rallye International du Valais in 2015 has an ERC season been decided on a Tarmac event.
Starts: 18h05, Friday 8 November, Podium, Nyíregyháza centre
Finishes: 18h37, Sunday 10 November, Podium, Nyíregyháza centre
Headquarters: Continental Arena, Nyíregyháza
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 0 (new to the ERC calendar for 2019)
Stage distance: 211.52 kilometres
Liaison distance: 790.18 kilometres
Total distance: 1001.70 kilometres
Free Practice: 07h30-09h30, Friday 8 November, Napkor (3.90kms)
Qualifying Stage: 09h45, Friday 8 November, Napkor (3.90kms)
Shakedown: 10h45-13h20, Friday 8 November, Napkor (3.90kms)
Start order selection: 15h00, Friday 8 November, Podium, Nyíregyháza centre
Ceremonial start: 18h05, Friday 8 November, Podium, Nyíregyháza centre
Finishing podium: 18h37, Sunday 10 November, Podium, Nyíregyháza centre
Photo: MNASZ/Szabó-Jilek Ádám