Sun 23 Jun 2024

Charpentier emerges as a key Kohn rival in ERC Fiesta Rally3 Trophy

Filip Kohn faces a new threat in his pursuit of the inaugural ERC Fiesta Rally3 Trophy titlle after Tristan Charpentier ran him close in the battle for victory on BAUHAUS Royal Rally of Scandinavia last week.

Having dominated the new-for-2024 category on V-Híd Racing in April, Kohn’s win in Sweden wasn’t decided until the final stage, such was Charpentier’s threat.  

And Frenchman Charpentier could have finished even closer to his Czech rival had it not been for a fraught finale to the Karlstad-based event.  

“Before the start [of the last stage] it felt like we had a problem with the transmission and it was a bit hard going into the stage knowing we had a problem,” ex-circuit racer Charpentier said after finishing 11.4sec behind Kohn following 191 kilometres of timed action. “We also went two times in a ditch so it was quite tricky on the last stage for me. Of course it’s frustrating because it’s a P2 and no driver wants to have a P2 and not P1. But it’s part of the game.”  

He continued: “Of course after one year of rallying it’s good but in a way you always want to do better and better. If we stay in a comfort zone and say it’s P2, it’s nice, we’ll never get P1. I’m always pushing for more and I want more all the time.”

Kohn (above) said: “It was a good afternoon for us, we had a clean loop with good pace, no mistakes, no moments or anything. We’re happy with the pace and how it ended for us and happy to win.”   

Turkish teenager Kerem Kazaz (below) overcame a spin, smashed drivers’ window and a gearchange issue to finish third for his maiden ERC Fiesta Rally3 Trophy podium. Poland’s Igor Widłak finished fourth after an event he described as “good, very fast, scary but with a smile”.  

Martin Ravenśčak completed the ERC Fiesta Rally3 Trophy order alongside co-driving sister Dora. “They were very fast stages,” said the Croatian. “We had a few big moments so we were surviving, trying to finish and get the experience of the roads so we can be more prepared for Estonia.”

ERC Fiesta Rally3 Trophy: How it works
Partnering with Pirelli and Gulf Race Fuels in establishing the ERC Fiesta Rally3 Trophy, M-Sport Poland has identified the European championship as the perfect arena to showcase the performance, reliability and accessibility of its four-wheel-drive challenger.  

To ensure, competitors get access to the best technical assistance available, M-Sport Poland will attend all events with a fully stocked spares vehicle, while its engineers will be available to provide technical support when required.  

All drivers will use the same specification Pirelli tyre and Gulf’s MSR EVO2 fuel, which will be available on site at every Fiesta Rally3 Trophy event at a discounted price of €2.00 a litre.   

The eventual ERC Fiesta Rally3 Trophy winner is handed a fully funded drive package for October’s Central European Rally, round 12 of the 2024 FIA World Rally Championship.  

Pirelli is generously offering a 15 per cent discount on event tyre packages to all participants. The winner of each Fiesta Rally3 Trophy event will secure 12 new tyres for use on the next event, the runner-up will receive six new tyres with two new tyres going to the third-place finisher.   

Gulf Race Fuels will reward the winner of each round with 300 litres of Gulf MSR EVO2 fuel. The drivers finishing second and third will receive 150 and 50 litres respectively.  

Delfi Rally Estonia hosts round three of the ERC Fiesta Rally3 Trophy from 5 - 7 July.

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