It’s back! Awesome Sete Cidades on ERC Azores Airlines Rallye schedule

It’s back! Awesome Sete Cidades on ERC Azores Airlines Rallye schedule

17/02/2018 12:00

One of the world’s most iconic – and challenging – stages will once again play a starring role when the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship gets underway on the Azores Airlines Rallye next month.

A blast along the rim of a volcanic crater lake the undoubted highlight, Sete Cidades covers a distance of 23.87 kilometres and will be used twice on Friday 23 March.

The first visit will count as stage six at 11h42 local time with the return forming stage nine and the final test of leg one at 15h44. And here’s a reminder of the challenge in store.

Mārtiņš Sesks has regained first place in the FIA European Rally Championship’s Under 27 category on Azores Airlines Rallye, following adjustments to stage times awarded in SS8 and SS9 related to incidents causing delays for multiple drivers.

Tamara Molinaro continues to head the ERC Ladies’ Trophy category on the Azores Airlines Rallye, while Emma Falcón retired with back pain before midday service.

Sergei Remennik has resumed his lead of Azores Airlines Rallye’s FIA European Rally Championship ERC2 category, following an unfortunate retirement for nearest challenger Zelindo Melegari with clutch failure.

Diogo Gago took on the might of ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team’s pair of FIA ERC Junior Under 27 factory drivers on the Azores Airlines Rallye’s Friday stages and succeeded aboard his PEUGEOT 208 R2, moving from third to first over the course of a dramatic multi-way battle.

Chris Ingram and Martin Koči traded places throughout Friday’s Azores Airlines Rallye stages in a tight battle for FIA ERC Junior Under 28 victory.

The Azores Airlines Rallye once again showed why it is such a formidable opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship, but as others hit trouble, Russian Performance Motorsport’s Alexey Lukyanuk held steady out front.