Why Magalhães is down but not out in the ERC

Why Magalhães is down but not out in the ERC

11/08/2017 06:00

Bruno Magalhães might have lost his FIA European Rally Championship title lead following a difficult Rally Rzeszow but there’s good news for the Portuguese ace after he secured the funding to contest the next round in Czech Republic.

Magalhães has been competing on an event-by-event basis after winning the season-opening Azores Airlines Rallye in April. However, a non-score in Cyprus and a tough debut in Poland, where he ended up ninth overall, means he no longer tops the title table, slipping 13 points behind Kajetan Kajetanowicz, who is chasing a third straight European championship crown in 2017.

“We lost the first place but we are very close,” said SEAJETS-backed Magalhães. “It was a very difficult rally [in Poland] but it’s better to try than to stay at home thinking it’s too difficult. Zlín will also be a difficult rally for me, I have just done it once in 2014 and I don’t have experience of these kind of roads. But it’s a good chance to continue fighting. It will be hard but let’s see if we can get some points.”

Barum Czech Rally Zlín takes place from 25-27 August.

Mārtiņš Sesks has regained first place in the FIA European Rally Championship’s Under 27 category on Azores Airlines Rallye, following adjustments to stage times awarded in SS8 and SS9 related to incidents causing delays for multiple drivers.

Tamara Molinaro continues to head the ERC Ladies’ Trophy category on the Azores Airlines Rallye, while Emma Falcón retired with back pain before midday service.

Sergei Remennik has resumed his lead of Azores Airlines Rallye’s FIA European Rally Championship ERC2 category, following an unfortunate retirement for nearest challenger Zelindo Melegari with clutch failure.

Diogo Gago took on the might of ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team’s pair of FIA ERC Junior Under 27 factory drivers on the Azores Airlines Rallye’s Friday stages and succeeded aboard his PEUGEOT 208 R2, moving from third to first over the course of a dramatic multi-way battle.

Chris Ingram and Martin Koči traded places throughout Friday’s Azores Airlines Rallye stages in a tight battle for FIA ERC Junior Under 28 victory.

The Azores Airlines Rallye once again showed why it is such a formidable opening round of the FIA European Rally Championship, but as others hit trouble, Russian Performance Motorsport’s Alexey Lukyanuk held steady out front.