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Thu 28 Sep 2023

Star drivers out in force for ERC season decider

Six FIA European Rally Championship event winners are among the star drivers preparing to line up for the Rally Hungary ERC season decider next week (6 -8 October).

Yoann Bonato, Efrén Llarena, Miko Marczyk, Mads Østberg, Mārtiṇš Sesks and Frigyes Turán have all reached the top step of the ERC podium and feature on a 36-car international entry, issued by the Rally Hungary organisers today (Thursday).  


Other drivers expected to challenge for glory include recently crowned Hungarian champion Ferenz Vincze, French flier Mathieu Franceschi, Czech mates Erik Cais and Filip Mareš, plus home hero Miklós Csomós, who scored a breakthrough ERC podium on last month’s Barum Czech Rally Zlin.  


Csomós, who relied on crowdfunding to get his ERC season back on track after a car-wrecking crash on Rally Islas Canarias in May, is from Sárospatak, 60 kilometres from Rally Hungary host city Nyíregyháza.

Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy driver Josh McErlean has previous Rally Hungary experience to call on, as does local aces András Hadik, a three-time national champion.  


Martin László has entered his home round of the ERC on a high following his outright victory on Rally Nova Gorica, an FIA European Rally Trophy event which took place in Slovenia last weekend.  


Roberto Daprà, Norberto Maior and Ola Nore will face off for the Hankook-equipped FIA Junior ERC Championship title. Daprà and Maior are entered in Peugeot 208 Rally4s, while Nore will compete in a Renault Clio Rally4.  


Timo Schulz will rely on Opel Corsa power as he joins Daprà in making his Rally Hungary debut following his category victory on Barum Czech Rally Zlín.


Patrik Herczig returns to Junior ERC action, his fellow Hungarian Bendegúz Hangodi is back on ERC4 duty as Hungary’s most successful racing driver, Norbert Michelisz, the winner of the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, prepares to make his rallying debut.  


German’s Norman Kreuter will be aiming to complete his impressive sequence of scoring ERC4 points on all rounds of the season.  


The ERC’s official tyre partners – Hankook, ,Michelin, MRF Tyres and Pirelli – are all well represented on the entry list, while five different Rally2 manufacturers – Citroën, Hyundai, M-Sport (Ford), Škoda and Volkswagen will be in action on the sealed-surface stages in Hungary’s north-eastern Zemplén region.