Wed 12 Jun 2024

Strong competition in ERC4 as Max McRae plans to fly high over Colin’s Crest

Fourteen young talents will go for gold in FIA ERC4 for front-wheel-drive Rally4 and Rally5 cars on BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia this week.

And with Scotland’s Max McRae and home hero Mille Johansson equal on 49 points after two ERC4 rounds, a hugely close battle is expected on Sweden’s fast and flowing gravel roads.  

Following his category victory on the V-Híd Rally Hungary season opener in April, TRT Rally Team driver McRae is not only aiming to build on his strong start to the 2024 season, but also relishing the prospect of tackling the Colin’s Crest jump.  

Named in memory of his late uncle Colin McRae, the spectacular jump features on the double-use Colins stage on Friday.

“He absolutely sent it over this jump in the snow when the stage ran as part of the Swedish Rally,” said the 19-year-old Peugeot 208 Rally4 driver. “It’s mega to have something like that on the event and fairly emotional to be driving through that section – I’ll definitely be sending it there as well.”   

IKSport Racing Opel Corsa Rally4 driver Johansson added: “Of course it’s one of the highlights of the season and I’m really looking forward to it.”  

Following the opening action-packed rounds in Hungary and Gran Canaria, Aoife Raftery is third in the provisional ERC4 standings for the Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy, one place ahead of ADAC Opel Rally Junior Team’s Swedish talent Calle Carlberg. Of the two, only Raftery has tackled the event before.

Czech Daniel Polášek is the next best-placed ERC4 contender competing in Sweden followed by German pair Liam Müller and Timo Schulz. Schulz finished 12th on the Karlstad-based event in 2023 but Müller and Polášek are BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia newcomers.  

All ERC4 drivers competing on BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia are also eligible for the Hankook-equipped FIA Junior ERC Championship. A separate preview will be published at later today (Wednesday).  

How to watch?
Fans across the globe can experience the excitement and drama of the ERC with every stage of every rally broadcast platform. In addition, the ERC is broadcast in a number of countries around the world and fans are advised to check local listings for details.   

BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia 2024: the key numbers 
Stages: 17
Competitive distance: 191.05 kilometres 
Total distance: 898.13 kilometres

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