FIA ERC https://www.fiaerc.com European Rally Championship Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:07:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 https://www.fiaerc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/cropped-ERC_512-32x32.png FIA ERC https://www.fiaerc.com 32 32 Ingram excited ahead of ERC Rally Islas Canarias https://www.fiaerc.com/ingram-excited-ahead-of-erc-rally-islas-canarias/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:00:11 +0000 https://www.fiaerc.com/?p=102753/

Chris Ingram can’t wait for next week’s Rally Islas Canarias – even though the FIA European Rally Championship counter will be all-new to him.

The Briton leads the ERC Junior Under 27 standings following his dramatic final-stage victory on the Azores Airlines Rallye earlier this month and faces the prospect of defending his title advantage on an event he has no prior experience of.

“I am very excited for the new challenge in the Canaries as I don’t know the rally,” said the Opel Rallye Junior Team ace. “I learned a lot from a test we recently had in Germany, and grippy Tarmac is my most favourite surface anyway. I predict the ADAM R2 will be very strong as always so it will be down to us to take home a good result. Elliott [Edmondson] and I are confident after our victory on the first round at the Azores but are working harder than ever to make sure we can keep up the momentum. We are expecting another flat-out battle for victory with our team-mates and ERC rivals on this new event.”

Rally Islas Canarias is based in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria from 4-6 May. Ingram faces opposition from 10 ERC Junior U27 rivals in his quest of the 100,000 euros career progression fund.]]>

Chris Ingram can’t wait for next week’s Rally Islas Canarias – even though the FIA European Rally Championship counter will be all-new to him.

The Briton leads the ERC Junior Under 27 standings following his dramatic final-stage victory on the Azores Airlines Rallye earlier this month and faces the prospect of defending his title advantage on an event he has no prior experience of.

“I am very excited for the new challenge in the Canaries as I don’t know the rally,” said the Opel Rallye Junior Team ace. “I learned a lot from a test we recently had in Germany, and grippy Tarmac is my most favourite surface anyway. I predict the ADAM R2 will be very strong as always so it will be down to us to take home a good result. Elliott [Edmondson] and I are confident after our victory on the first round at the Azores but are working harder than ever to make sure we can keep up the momentum. We are expecting another flat-out battle for victory with our team-mates and ERC rivals on this new event.”

Rally Islas Canarias is based in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria from 4-6 May. Ingram faces opposition from 10 ERC Junior U27 rivals in his quest of the 100,000 euros career progression fund.]]>
No pressure, just big motivation, says ERC leader Magalhães https://www.fiaerc.com/no-pressure-just-big-motivation-says-erc-leader-magalhaes/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:00:56 +0000 https://www.fiaerc.com/?p=102743/

Bruno Magalhães is under no pressure to make it two wins from two in the FIA European Rally Championship after he secured the funding to contest next week’s Rally Islas Canarias.

Magalhães was a shock winner of the Azores Airlines Rallye earlier this month having effectively stopped competing on a full-time basis due to his ongoing funding struggle.

But after landing the backing to drive a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for the first time on his home round of the ERC, the Portuguese has turned a one-off outing into a second appearance, albeit in another hired Fabia R5.

He explained: “After the Azores everyone was very happy with the result of course and they thought I deserve to do the next round of the ERC. It was amazing news for me because I didn’t expect it. Before this event I think I only make Azores so maybe I have another surprise [to do more rallies] but I don’t know.”

Of his prospects of another strong ERC result in the Canary Islands, the 36-year-old said: “I have no pressure, just big motivation. I’m not fighting for the championship. I know when I am in a good car with a good team I can make good results like I proved in the Azores. My target is to leave the Canary Islands in the same position in the championship.”

Magalhães and co-driver Hugo Magalhães are the number one seeds for Rally Islas Canarias, which takes place from 4-6 May.]]>

Bruno Magalhães is under no pressure to make it two wins from two in the FIA European Rally Championship after he secured the funding to contest next week’s Rally Islas Canarias.

Magalhães was a shock winner of the Azores Airlines Rallye earlier this month having effectively stopped competing on a full-time basis due to his ongoing funding struggle.

But after landing the backing to drive a ŠKODA Fabia R5 for the first time on his home round of the ERC, the Portuguese has turned a one-off outing into a second appearance, albeit in another hired Fabia R5.

He explained: “After the Azores everyone was very happy with the result of course and they thought I deserve to do the next round of the ERC. It was amazing news for me because I didn’t expect it. Before this event I think I only make Azores so maybe I have another surprise [to do more rallies] but I don’t know.”

Of his prospects of another strong ERC result in the Canary Islands, the 36-year-old said: “I have no pressure, just big motivation. I’m not fighting for the championship. I know when I am in a good car with a good team I can make good results like I proved in the Azores. My target is to leave the Canary Islands in the same position in the championship.”

Magalhães and co-driver Hugo Magalhães are the number one seeds for Rally Islas Canarias, which takes place from 4-6 May.]]>
ERC Rally Islas Canarias attracts 125-car entry https://www.fiaerc.com/erc-rally-islas-canarias-attracts-125-car-entry/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:00:21 +0000 https://www.fiaerc.com/?p=102720/

The popularity of the all-action FIA European Rally Championship has been underlined with Rally Islas Canarias organisers attracting a 125-car entry for the second event of the ERC season.

Sixty-eight crews will tackle the ERC section of the famous asphalt rally with 57 competitors from the Canary Islands and mainland Spain also in action from 4-6 May.

Bruno Magalhães, current leader of the ERC following his standout victory on the Azores Airlines Rallye earlier this month, tops the list in his ŠKODA Fabia R5 with ERC Junior Under 28 Championship contenders Marijan Griebel, Pepe López and Nikolay Gryazin also taking part. Last year’s Rally Islas Canarias winner Alexey Lukyanuk (pictured) is the fifth seed, one place ahead of double ERC champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz. Other entry list highlights include:

*Multiple ERC event winner Bryan Bouffier
*French asphalt champion Sylvain Michel
*ACCR Czech Team trio Dominik Brož, Jan Černý and Filip Mareš
*Polish champion Grzegorz Grzyb
*New ERC Junior U28 recruit Surhayen Pernía from Spain
*Castrol Ford Team Turkey duo Buǧra Banaz and Murat Bostanci
*Antonín Tlusťák as part of expanded Botka-Tlusťák Racing line-up
*Renewed ERC2 line-up featuring Tibor Érdi and Gilbert Bannout, plus leader Luis Pimentel
*ERC Junior Experience graduate Sébastien Bedoret in ERC Junior U27
*Works Opel drivers Chris Ingram and Jari Huttunen in ERC Junior
*ERC3 newcomers Timo van der Marel and Dariusz Poloński
*ERC Ladies’ Trophy contenders Emma Falcón, Tamara Molinaro and Catie Munnings

The full ERC Rally Islas Canarias entry list, which features 27 R5 cars, can be found by clicking here.]]>

The popularity of the all-action FIA European Rally Championship has been underlined with Rally Islas Canarias organisers attracting a 125-car entry for the second event of the ERC season.

Sixty-eight crews will tackle the ERC section of the famous asphalt rally with 57 competitors from the Canary Islands and mainland Spain also in action from 4-6 May.

Bruno Magalhães, current leader of the ERC following his standout victory on the Azores Airlines Rallye earlier this month, tops the list in his ŠKODA Fabia R5 with ERC Junior Under 28 Championship contenders Marijan Griebel, Pepe López and Nikolay Gryazin also taking part. Last year’s Rally Islas Canarias winner Alexey Lukyanuk (pictured) is the fifth seed, one place ahead of double ERC champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz. Other entry list highlights include:

*Multiple ERC event winner Bryan Bouffier
*French asphalt champion Sylvain Michel
*ACCR Czech Team trio Dominik Brož, Jan Černý and Filip Mareš
*Polish champion Grzegorz Grzyb
*New ERC Junior U28 recruit Surhayen Pernía from Spain
*Castrol Ford Team Turkey duo Buǧra Banaz and Murat Bostanci
*Antonín Tlusťák as part of expanded Botka-Tlusťák Racing line-up
*Renewed ERC2 line-up featuring Tibor Érdi and Gilbert Bannout, plus leader Luis Pimentel
*ERC Junior Experience graduate Sébastien Bedoret in ERC Junior U27
*Works Opel drivers Chris Ingram and Jari Huttunen in ERC Junior
*ERC3 newcomers Timo van der Marel and Dariusz Poloński
*ERC Ladies’ Trophy contenders Emma Falcón, Tamara Molinaro and Catie Munnings

The full ERC Rally Islas Canarias entry list, which features 27 R5 cars, can be found by clicking here.]]>
Title winners galore for ERC Rally Islas Canarias https://www.fiaerc.com/champions-galore-for-erc-rally-islas-canarias/ Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:00:28 +0000 https://www.fiaerc.com/?p=102597/

Several champions will be in action when Rally Islas Canarias hosts round two of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship next month.

The entry list, due to be issued today (24 April), will feature a star-studded list of names including double ERC champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz, reigning French asphalt champion Sylvain Michel, ERC Junior champion Marijan Griebel, Spanish champion Cristian García, last year's Rally Islas Canarias winner Alexey Lukyanuk and Catie Munnings, who won the ERC Ladies’ Trophy at her first attempt in 2016.

Entries closed last Tuesday (18 April). The event takes place from 4-6 May using all-asphalt stages based around Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria.]]>

Several champions will be in action when Rally Islas Canarias hosts round two of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship next month.

The entry list, due to be issued today (24 April), will feature a star-studded list of names including double ERC champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz, reigning French asphalt champion Sylvain Michel, ERC Junior champion Marijan Griebel, Spanish champion Cristian García, last year's Rally Islas Canarias winner Alexey Lukyanuk and Catie Munnings, who won the ERC Ladies’ Trophy at her first attempt in 2016.

Entries closed last Tuesday (18 April). The event takes place from 4-6 May using all-asphalt stages based around Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria.]]>
ERC Rally Islas Canarias: the key timings https://www.fiaerc.com/erc-rally-islas-canarias-the-key-timings/ Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:00:28 +0000 https://www.fiaerc.com/?p=102658/

The itinerary for round two of the FIA European Rally Championship, Rally Islas Canarias, has been published.

Taking place from 4-6 May, the event is running for the 41st time in 2017, and features 12 stages over a competitive distance of 207.29 kilometres.

Action begins with the Qualifying Stage at 11h18 local time on 4 May, with the first competitive stage, San Mateo, getting underway at 10h48 on 5 May. The action concludes with the Las Vallas stage from 16h25 on 6 May.

As well as counting for overall ERC, plus ERC2, ERC3 and ERC Ladies’ Trophy points, the rally is the second event of the new-for-2017 ERC Junior U27 and ERC Junior U28 championships. Click here to view the full itinerary.]]>

The itinerary for round two of the FIA European Rally Championship, Rally Islas Canarias, has been published.

Taking place from 4-6 May, the event is running for the 41st time in 2017, and features 12 stages over a competitive distance of 207.29 kilometres.

Action begins with the Qualifying Stage at 11h18 local time on 4 May, with the first competitive stage, San Mateo, getting underway at 10h48 on 5 May. The action concludes with the Las Vallas stage from 16h25 on 6 May.

As well as counting for overall ERC, plus ERC2, ERC3 and ERC Ladies’ Trophy points, the rally is the second event of the new-for-2017 ERC Junior U27 and ERC Junior U28 championships. Click here to view the full itinerary.]]>
Snow joke for ERC champion Kajetanowicz https://www.fiaerc.com/snow-joke-for-erc-champion-kajetanowicz/ Sat, 22 Apr 2017 10:00:47 +0000 https://www.fiaerc.com/?p=102648/

Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s preparations for round two of the FIA European Rally Championship didn’t go entirely to plan when it snowed during testing in his native Poland earlier this week.

Kajetanowicz was testing his LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta in his home town of Ustroń on Tuesday. However, rather than hoped-for warm and dry conditions, the weather was more wintry than spring-like with snow on the road.

“We prepared for Rally Islas Canarias, a beautiful event with great weather conditions,” said the double ERC champion. “Unfortunately it was snowing on our test stage but it was a good day, we are ready to visit Gran Canaria.”

Watch a short film of Kajetanowicz’s test by clicking here.]]>

Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s preparations for round two of the FIA European Rally Championship didn’t go entirely to plan when it snowed during testing in his native Poland earlier this week.

Kajetanowicz was testing his LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta in his home town of Ustroń on Tuesday. However, rather than hoped-for warm and dry conditions, the weather was more wintry than spring-like with snow on the road.

“We prepared for Rally Islas Canarias, a beautiful event with great weather conditions,” said the double ERC champion. “Unfortunately it was snowing on our test stage but it was a good day, we are ready to visit Gran Canaria.”

Watch a short film of Kajetanowicz’s test by clicking here.]]>
Bouffier is back for ERC title push https://www.fiaerc.com/bouffier-is-back-for-erc-title-push/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:00:24 +0000 https://www.fiaerc.com/?p=102639/

Bryan Bouffier has become the latest title-winning driver to sign up for a season-long FIA European Rally Championship campaign.

Following on from French champion Sylvain Michel’s decision earlier this week to prove his talent in the ERC, Bouffier is targeting a six-event programme in a Gemini Clinic Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5, starting with next month’s Rally Islas Canarias (4-6 May).

The three-time ERC event winner, who has three Polish titles and one French title to his name and is a former winner of Rallye Monte-Carlo and Tour de Corse, placed fourth in last season’s European championship having finished second in 2013. He’s highly motivated to try to top the order in 2017.

“It’s always good to fight for a championship,” said the 38-year-old Frenchman. “Last year the competition level was not so fantastic but this year it’s huge, the media coverage is always strong and the championship is affordable. We have a great opportunity and hopefully I can do a good job together with my team to be in a good position in the championship. I will push myself to be faster because the huge challenge means the motivation is there.”

Bouffier’s exact programme following Rally Islas Canarias has yet to be announced but the events being considered are June’s gravel-based Cyprus Rally, the all-Tarmac Rally Rzeszow and Barum Czech Rally Zlín in August, Rally di Roma Capitale, which uses all-asphalt Italian stages in September, and the season-closing Rally Liepāja on fast Latvian gravel roads in October.

“I did Rally Islas Canarias once in 2011 and although my result was not fantastic I remember it was a really amazing rally with so many spectators,” said Bouffier. “Even though Gran Canaria is not a big island, there were a lot of people on the stages and the weather was also nice. For the gravel rallies, it’s true I have more experience on Tarmac but I still feel I can do good results on gravel although I will need some practice because the last time was in 2014.”

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “It’s great news that a driver of Bryan’s ability and professionalism has made this commitment to the ERC along with the Gemini Clinic Rally Team. Like Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Alexey Lukyanuk, Bryan is a potential champion but also a reference for the young talents in the ERC Junior Under 28 Championship to aim for.”]]>

Bryan Bouffier has become the latest title-winning driver to sign up for a season-long FIA European Rally Championship campaign.

Following on from French champion Sylvain Michel’s decision earlier this week to prove his talent in the ERC, Bouffier is targeting a six-event programme in a Gemini Clinic Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5, starting with next month’s Rally Islas Canarias (4-6 May).

The three-time ERC event winner, who has three Polish titles and one French title to his name and is a former winner of Rallye Monte-Carlo and Tour de Corse, placed fourth in last season’s European championship having finished second in 2013. He’s highly motivated to try to top the order in 2017.

“It’s always good to fight for a championship,” said the 38-year-old Frenchman. “Last year the competition level was not so fantastic but this year it’s huge, the media coverage is always strong and the championship is affordable. We have a great opportunity and hopefully I can do a good job together with my team to be in a good position in the championship. I will push myself to be faster because the huge challenge means the motivation is there.”

Bouffier’s exact programme following Rally Islas Canarias has yet to be announced but the events being considered are June’s gravel-based Cyprus Rally, the all-Tarmac Rally Rzeszow and Barum Czech Rally Zlín in August, Rally di Roma Capitale, which uses all-asphalt Italian stages in September, and the season-closing Rally Liepāja on fast Latvian gravel roads in October.

“I did Rally Islas Canarias once in 2011 and although my result was not fantastic I remember it was a really amazing rally with so many spectators,” said Bouffier. “Even though Gran Canaria is not a big island, there were a lot of people on the stages and the weather was also nice. For the gravel rallies, it’s true I have more experience on Tarmac but I still feel I can do good results on gravel although I will need some practice because the last time was in 2014.”

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “It’s great news that a driver of Bryan’s ability and professionalism has made this commitment to the ERC along with the Gemini Clinic Rally Team. Like Kajetan Kajetanowicz and Alexey Lukyanuk, Bryan is a potential champion but also a reference for the young talents in the ERC Junior Under 28 Championship to aim for.”]]>
ERC and Rally Islas Canarias extend agreement https://www.fiaerc.com/erc-and-rally-islas-canarias-extend-agreement/ Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:00:42 +0000 https://www.fiaerc.com/?p=102632/

FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events and the Rally Islas Canarias organising team have finalised a two-year extension to their existing agreement.

Currently due to expire following next month’s 41st edition, the extended deal will ensure that the event will remain a round of the longest-running international rally championship until at least 2019.

Welcoming the new agreement, ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley said: “It is a pleasure to renew our deal with Rally Islas Canarias for two more years. The organisers do a great job on this event, thousands of fans turn out to support the crews and the location is spectacular.”

The extended alliance between the ERC and Rally Islas Canarias was announced at the traditional launch event in Las Palmas earlier this week (18 April) when more details of next month’s ERC qualifier were revealed, including confirmation of the new 3.3-kilometre Ciudad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria street stage, which closes the leg one action on 5 May.

The support of the town councils in Artenara and Moya, where the rally passes through, were highlighted while there was confirmation of a regroup during leg one in San Mateo and Tejeda as the base for a remote refuel zone on the same day.

Rally Islas Canarias organisers also revealed that their ‘gold pin’, awarded to key supporters of the event, has been passed this year from Germán Morales to Valentín Parejo, a former regional director of El Corte Inglés. “It’s exciting to receive this recognition,” said Parejo. “I’ve always believed in getting the best motorsport for the Canary Islands because there are no other fans in the world like ours.”

This year’s Rally Islas Canarias, which also counts as round two of the ERC Junior Under 27 and Under 28 championships, features 12 all-asphalt stages over a competitive distance of 207.29 kilometres and runs from 4-6 May from its base in Las Palmas. Entries closed on 18 April. The provisional entry list will be published on 24 April.]]>

FIA European Rally Championship promoter Eurosport Events and the Rally Islas Canarias organising team have finalised a two-year extension to their existing agreement.

Currently due to expire following next month’s 41st edition, the extended deal will ensure that the event will remain a round of the longest-running international rally championship until at least 2019.

Welcoming the new agreement, ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley said: “It is a pleasure to renew our deal with Rally Islas Canarias for two more years. The organisers do a great job on this event, thousands of fans turn out to support the crews and the location is spectacular.”

The extended alliance between the ERC and Rally Islas Canarias was announced at the traditional launch event in Las Palmas earlier this week (18 April) when more details of next month’s ERC qualifier were revealed, including confirmation of the new 3.3-kilometre Ciudad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria street stage, which closes the leg one action on 5 May.

The support of the town councils in Artenara and Moya, where the rally passes through, were highlighted while there was confirmation of a regroup during leg one in San Mateo and Tejeda as the base for a remote refuel zone on the same day.

Rally Islas Canarias organisers also revealed that their ‘gold pin’, awarded to key supporters of the event, has been passed this year from Germán Morales to Valentín Parejo, a former regional director of El Corte Inglés. “It’s exciting to receive this recognition,” said Parejo. “I’ve always believed in getting the best motorsport for the Canary Islands because there are no other fans in the world like ours.”

This year’s Rally Islas Canarias, which also counts as round two of the ERC Junior Under 27 and Under 28 championships, features 12 all-asphalt stages over a competitive distance of 207.29 kilometres and runs from 4-6 May from its base in Las Palmas. Entries closed on 18 April. The provisional entry list will be published on 24 April.]]>
French champ Michel continues rally bid in ERC https://www.fiaerc.com/french-champion-michel-continues-rally-adventure-in-erc/ Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:00:47 +0000 https://www.fiaerc.com/?p=102607/

French asphalt champion Sylvain Michel has become the latest emerging talent to choose the new-for-2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship as the perfect platform for career progression.

The class for young stars in R5 cars rewards its eventual champion with a coveted FIA title and a free drive in a World Rally Car on a European round of the WRC in 2018.

To control costs, drivers – who must be born on or after 1 January 1989 to be eligible – count their best four scores from a possible six with events taking place on gravel and asphalt to provide vital experience and skills for a possible future world championship campaign. Drivers also benefit from substantial airtime on Eurosport dedicated to ERC Junior U28 as well as a number of other promotional opportunities.

“It was necessary to step from national championship level and the ERC quickly proved to be the only possible choice for our budget,” said Michel, whose entry brings the total number of countries currently represented in the ERC to 17. “There is exceptional coverage on Eurosport and the level of competition is very interesting. We did not manage to be at the start of the first race in the Azores but it was inconceivable to miss Rally Islas Canarias, the first asphalt event of the season. Even though it is my favourite surface, I still have a lot to learn and the rally will undoubtedly be a major step in my development.”

While the ERC and its rallies will mark unchartered territory for Michel, his decision to continue in a Michelin-shod 2C Compétition ŠKODA Fabia R5 alongside regular co-driver Jérôme Degout will provide welcomed continuity. “We experienced many magical moments with 2C Compétition last season and it was important for me to live this adventure with them and Jérôme, who has really brought me on in terms of my driving. All Sports Management will be in charge of my programme. Add to that the ŠKODA Fabia R5 and I’m sure we can achieve beautiful things together.”

Michel, who will enjoy continued support from partners including Les Sybelles and Delta Savoie, will test in Gran Canaria on 1 May with the event taking place from 4-6 May. Before then, he will contest a 24-hour off-road event in Morocco as part of his physical preparation.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “In Sylvain Michel, ERC Junior U28 welcomes another highly promising and accomplished driver who is keen to prove his talent in a very competitive championship. While the rallies will be all-new for Sylvain, he has all the ingredients in place to achieve his objectives in 2017.”]]>

French asphalt champion Sylvain Michel has become the latest emerging talent to choose the new-for-2017 FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship as the perfect platform for career progression.

The class for young stars in R5 cars rewards its eventual champion with a coveted FIA title and a free drive in a World Rally Car on a European round of the WRC in 2018.

To control costs, drivers – who must be born on or after 1 January 1989 to be eligible – count their best four scores from a possible six with events taking place on gravel and asphalt to provide vital experience and skills for a possible future world championship campaign. Drivers also benefit from substantial airtime on Eurosport dedicated to ERC Junior U28 as well as a number of other promotional opportunities.

“It was necessary to step from national championship level and the ERC quickly proved to be the only possible choice for our budget,” said Michel, whose entry brings the total number of countries currently represented in the ERC to 17. “There is exceptional coverage on Eurosport and the level of competition is very interesting. We did not manage to be at the start of the first race in the Azores but it was inconceivable to miss Rally Islas Canarias, the first asphalt event of the season. Even though it is my favourite surface, I still have a lot to learn and the rally will undoubtedly be a major step in my development.”

While the ERC and its rallies will mark unchartered territory for Michel, his decision to continue in a Michelin-shod 2C Compétition ŠKODA Fabia R5 alongside regular co-driver Jérôme Degout will provide welcomed continuity. “We experienced many magical moments with 2C Compétition last season and it was important for me to live this adventure with them and Jérôme, who has really brought me on in terms of my driving. All Sports Management will be in charge of my programme. Add to that the ŠKODA Fabia R5 and I’m sure we can achieve beautiful things together.”

Michel, who will enjoy continued support from partners including Les Sybelles and Delta Savoie, will test in Gran Canaria on 1 May with the event taking place from 4-6 May. Before then, he will contest a 24-hour off-road event in Morocco as part of his physical preparation.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said: “In Sylvain Michel, ERC Junior U28 welcomes another highly promising and accomplished driver who is keen to prove his talent in a very competitive championship. While the rallies will be all-new for Sylvain, he has all the ingredients in place to achieve his objectives in 2017.”]]>
Why six ERC points could be crucial for Kajetanowicz https://www.fiaerc.com/why-six-erc-points-could-be-crucial-for-kajetanowicz/ Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:00:31 +0000 https://www.fiaerc.com/?p=102589/

Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s second FIA European Rally Championship defence didn’t get off to the start he’d hoped for the six points he scored on the Azores Airlines Rallye could yet prove decisive in his bid for a record-breaking third consecutive crown.

After crashing out on the opening leg in the mid-Atlantic earlier this month, Kajetanowicz returned for the final day with the aim of scoring as many leg bonus points as possible in the LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 he shares with co-driver Jarek Baran.

“This was a fantastic day, our first points and I am happy that I quickly regained confidence after yesterday’s mistake,” said Kajetanowicz afterwards. “Today everything worked perfectly. The fight in the fog was really nice, it always brings a lot of emotions. Our competitors pushed hard but we won quite a lot of stages and this is important, as our pace was very nice. I am happy to leave with points, wiser and for sure stronger.”

Kajetanowicz, who now has 103 ERC stage wins to his name, is ninth in the ERC standings heading to next month’s Rally Islas Canarias. Crucially, his chief title rival, Alexey Lukyanuk also failed to go the distance in the Azores and is one point ahead of Kajetanowicz in the table.]]>

Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s second FIA European Rally Championship defence didn’t get off to the start he’d hoped for the six points he scored on the Azores Airlines Rallye could yet prove decisive in his bid for a record-breaking third consecutive crown.

After crashing out on the opening leg in the mid-Atlantic earlier this month, Kajetanowicz returned for the final day with the aim of scoring as many leg bonus points as possible in the LOTOS Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5 he shares with co-driver Jarek Baran.

“This was a fantastic day, our first points and I am happy that I quickly regained confidence after yesterday’s mistake,” said Kajetanowicz afterwards. “Today everything worked perfectly. The fight in the fog was really nice, it always brings a lot of emotions. Our competitors pushed hard but we won quite a lot of stages and this is important, as our pace was very nice. I am happy to leave with points, wiser and for sure stronger.”

Kajetanowicz, who now has 103 ERC stage wins to his name, is ninth in the ERC standings heading to next month’s Rally Islas Canarias. Crucially, his chief title rival, Alexey Lukyanuk also failed to go the distance in the Azores and is one point ahead of Kajetanowicz in the table.]]>