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ERC - NEWSLETTER 3-19

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21.01.19

Here’s a recap of some of the latest developments in the FIA European Rally Championship.

ERC ACES GET WORLD CHANCE
Two hugely promising youngsters will prove their talent – and utilise the experience they gained challenging for FIA ERC Junior title success in 2018 – when they step up to the world stage this season. Tom Kristensson and Mārtiņš Sesks have entered the world championship’s junior category for Ford Fiesta R2s on Pirelli tyres, which begins on Rally Sweden next month. Click for full story.

SESKS’ MOVIE CELEBRATES ERC JUNIOR CHAMPION’S IMPRESSIVE RISE
The rise and rise of Mārtiņš Sesks, the 2018 FIA ERC Junior Under 27 champion, is the subject of a new short film, Champion at Nineteen. Charting the Latvian teen’s early career in buggies and karts, Champion at Nineteen also charts his switch to rallying and his capture of the Pirelli-supported ERC Junior crown last season driving an Opel ADAM R2 for the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team. Click for full story.

ERC STARS MEET KING OF SPAIN
FIA European Rally Championship talents Efrén Llarena and Sara Fernández enjoyed a royal appointment in Madrid earlier this month. The Rally Team Spain duo, who will chase ERC3 Junior success in 2019 in a Pirelli-equipped PEUGEOT 208 R2, met Felipe VI of Spain and his wife, Queen Letizia of Spain, at the National Prize Giving event, which they attended on behalf of the Spanish motorsport federation, RFEDA. Click for full story.

BACK TO WHERE ERC TITLE-WINNING YEAR BEGAN FOR GRYAZIN
Nikolay Gryazin’s return to the Sigdalsrally in Norway this weekend will evoke happy memories for the young Russian In 2018, Gryazin and co-driver Yaroslav Fedorov took victory on the Norwegian championship opener at the start of their hugely successful campaign, which included winning the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship for young stars in R5 cars. Click for full story.

NEW STAGES FOR ERC RALLY ISLAS CANARIAS
Rally Islas Canarias, the second round of the 2019 FIA European Rally Championship, will get two new stages when it takes place from 2-4 May. Valesquillo is the new venue for Free Practice, the Qualifying Stage and Shakedown on Thursday 2 May, while Valleseco will be used on leg two, one of 16 stages to appear on the itinerary – an increase of two stages compared to the 14 in 2018.Click for full story.

ERC ABARTH RALLY CUP CALENDAR REFRESHER
The Abarth Rally Cup, which forms part of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2019 subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council validation, will be contested over six rounds with two events on gravel and four on asphalt. Rally Islas Canarias is up first for the Abarth 124 rally-based category, with Rally Hungary marking the closing round. Click for full story