Tue 28 Feb 2023

Just 10 days to go until ERC 2023 begins in Fafe

With the start of the 2023 FIA European Rally Championship just 10 days away, here are 10 highlights to watch out for when Rally Serras de Fafe, Felgueiras, Boticas, Vieira do Minho e Cabeceiras de Basto takes place from 10 - 12 March.

1: ERC Rally2 entries hit 37
Of the 42 drivers registered for the ERC competing in Fafe, 37 will tackle the challenging gravel stages in Rally2 cars.

2: Global appeal of ERC clear
The ERC drivers in action in Fafe will fly the flags of 21 countries to underline the championship’s global appeal.

3: Three generations of Fabia in action
Examples of the first, second and new-generation Škoda Fabia Rally2-specification challenger appear on the packed Fafe entry list.

4: WRC event winners aim to fly high in Fafe
Mads Østberg and Hayden Paddon bring FIA World Rally Championship event-winning pedigree to the FIA European Rally Championship. But can they win in the ERC?

5: Brothers team up for first ERC adventure
Patrick O’Brien and co-driving brother Stephen are preparing to start an ERC event for the first time in Fafe.

6: Hungary for ERC success
Miklós Csomós and Martin László are among an emerging number of young Hungarian drivers competing at international level this season. They’ve chosen the ERC to showcase their talent behind the wheel.

7: Fafe’s ultimate guide
There will be no chance of Robert Virves getting lost on the ERC season opener: his co-driver Hugo Magalhães is a Fafe resident.

8: Eight of the best
Among the drivers entered for round one of the eight-event 2023 European championship season are eight winners of ERC events. They are Armindo Araújo, Yoann Bonato, Craig Breen, Efrén Llarena, Miko Marczyk, Mads Østberg, Mārtiṇš Sesks and Bernardo Sousa.

9: Feast of live action in store
All 17 stages of Rally Serras de Fafe, Felgueiras, Boticas, Vieira do Minho e Cabeceiras de Basto will be shown live on WRC+ and the new Rally.tv platform.

10: Famous Fafe jump awaits
At 10h05 local time on Sunday 12 March the first run through the Lameirinha stage, which comes complete with the iconic Pedra Sentada jump, gets underway.

Latvia
Starts: Thursday, July 18, 2024 at 4:31:00 AM
Italy
Starts: Friday, July 26, 2024 at 7:00:00 AM
Hungary
Starts: Saturday, July 27, 2024 at 6:00:00 AM