Mon 11 Sep 2023

Vote now! ERC fan awards return with Mechanical Feat of the Year

With the 2023 FIA European Rally Championship gearing up for next month’s Rally Hungary showdown (6 - 8 October), is delighted to announce the return of the online fan awards.

From 10 September, ERC fans are being invited to take part in an online poll to choose the driver producing the save of the year, the most improved driver of the year, the mechanical feat of the year and the stage-end quote of the year from a shortlist of award nominees.

Voting is available via the dedicated section at and will close on 17 September.  

The first online vote to be launched is for the Mechanical Feat of the Year and the nominees who carried out the most impressive car fix – or got their team to do it for them – are as follows:

Chris Ingram’s Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 needed a replacement gearbox after the original faltered during the opening super special stage on last month’s ERC counter. With only 15 minutes of service time to make the change, Ingram and co-driver Alex Kihurani appeared to be down and out. That was until Rallytechnology’s mechanics stepped up and kept them in the fight with some rapid work.

With Martin László’s Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo looking rather crumpled following his Qualifying Stage crash, the chances of Martin László and co-driver Dávid Berendi making it from the Fiuggi service park to Rome, more than one hour away, for the ceremonial start and spectacular Colosseum super special looked highly unlikely. But despite having to wait for the car to be retrieved from the stage in Fumone before they could get to work, the Topp-Cars’ mechanics delivered.

Hayden Paddon feared he and co-driver John Kennard would be forced to retire from Rally di Roma Capitale after a dramatic sixth stage. They were in fourth place when they ran wide on a high-speed left-hander and broke the right-rear suspension of their BRC Racing Team Hyundai i20 N Rally, forcing them to make rapid roadside repairs prior to SS7. The fix worked and they eventually finished third.

On his first ERC since start since 2018, Frank Tore Larsen credited his mechanics for allowing him to challenge for a podium on the Swedish event – he was third after leg one alongside co-driver Torstein Eriksen – after they worked until 02:30 on the opening morning of the rally to fit a replacement fuel pump. The work involved a five-hour round trip to “borrow” a spare from the GK Door Team Sweden.

Eurosol Racing Team Hungary’s repair of Simon Wagner’s battered Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo following his Rally Islas Canarias crash in May 2022 pooled 67.2 per cent of the vote to earn the squad the inaugural ERC Mechanical Feat of the Year Award for last season.

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