Rally Around The World #19
Your most modern info on Regional Rally championships.
The second half of September delivered one other thrilling chapter in the Regional Rally championship season, with loads of action in Slovenia, Japan, Cyprus, Serbia and Eire.
FIA EUROPEAN RALLY TROPHY CENTRAL – RALLY NOVA GORICA, SLOVENIA (ROUND 4/4)
Nicolay Gryazin, navigated by his codriver Yaroslav Fedorov, claimed a spectacular victory on Rally Nova Gorica, Slovenia, on his first stride back and forth with the Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.
The Russian received 9 of the twelve labeled stages, dawdle over 151.86 kilometres of asphalt, to halt the rally with an suitable thing about over 1 minute and 20 seconds sooner than their Slovenian rivals Rok Turk and Blanka Kacin in a Hyundai i20 R5.
Bisaha Ondřej and Petr Těšínský from Czech Republic accomplished the rostrum in a Ford Fiesta R5, one other 1.09 seconds in the attend of.
Rally Nova Gorica, which hosted spherical six out of 7 of the FIA European Rally Trophy’s Central sequence, used to be the final likelihood for rivals from the region including Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Slovenia and Germany to qualify for the FIA ERT Closing at Rallye du Valais on October 17-19. The Swiss tournament will welcome winners from each of the seven regional trophies, with the discontinue 5 crews in each category (ERT, ERT2, ERT3 and ERT Junior) eligible to enter.
FIA ASIA-PACIFIC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP – ASIA CUP – RALLY HOKKAIDO, JAPAN (RD 3/4)
New Zealand rally driver Mike Young, paired with Australian co-driver Glenn Macneall, received Rally Hokkaido convincingly on 20-22 September, on his debut with the Toyota C-HR.
Covering 16 particular stages by the plush geographical region of northern Japan, Young returned to the ceremonial develop with a excellent margin of actual over seven minutes.
Second used to be Japan’s Atsushi Masumura and co-driver Shizuka Takehara in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, whereas Eiichi Iwashita and Shoichi Amako secured third in a Subaru Impreza WRX STi.
On the penultimate spherical of the four-spherical Asia Cup, as fragment of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, Young website the fastest time in each stage and now takes a commanding formulation lead into the season closing.
Attention now turns to the closing where all eligible teams will compete for the all-in winner takes all closing – being held at Longyou, China, from 26 to 27 October.
FIA EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (ROUND 7/8) & FIA MIDDLE EAST RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (ROUND 4/4) – RALLY CYPRUS
Final weekend, Rally Cyprus delivered double the pleasure because it played host to the penultimate spherical of the FIA European Rally Championship as successfully because the fourth and closing leg of the FIA Heart East Rally Championship. The tournament also featured a symbolic moment with a engrossing stage dawdle all over the “Inexperienced Line” in the United International locations buffer zone between Cypriot and Turkish communities in Nicosia.
Nasser Al-Attiyah grabbed a file-extending sixth Cyprus Rally victory in his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 on a pivotal day in the fight for FIA European Rally Championship glory.
Chris Ingram accomplished second in a Škoda Fabia R5 following the disqualification of Simos Galatariotis and Russia’s defending champion Alexey Lukyanuk retiring with technical issues. The Briton now holds a lead of 18 formulation to the season decider in Hungary from 8-10 November, whereas Łukasz Habaj will fabricate it a three-arrangement fight for the title because the Pole accomplished fourth and is attend up to second in the standings.
Dilapidated FIA World Rally Championship huge title Mikko Hirvonen, making a one-time return to the ERC following a 17-year absence, secured a truly most attention-grabbing third total.
While the repeat of total ERC title stays firmly up for grabs, Juan Carlos Alonso and Juan Pablo Monasterolo build the ERC2 crown beyond doubt with a battling force to fourth in school after brake issues precipitated the Argentines loads of trouble in the sweltering Cyprus sunshine.
There used to be also title success for Efrén Llarena and Sara Fernández in ERC3, the Spanish federation pair making the loads of the chance handed to them by the Peugeot Rally Academy to compete in Cyprus for the predominant time.
With the cancellation of the Kuwait Rally in October, Rally Cyprus hosted the closing spherical of the FIA Heart East Championship. On the FIA European Rally Championship agenda, Hungary will return for the predominant time since 2003 with a brand original Tarmac tournament in Nyíregyháza, northeast Hungary, on 8-10 November.
FIA EUROPEAN RALLY TROPHY BALKAN – RALLY SERBIA (ROUND 5/5)
On the identical weekend, Dušan Borković and Igor Marković took a commanding victory on the Serbia Rally in Vrnjačka Banja.
The extinct WTCC driver website the fastest time on all fourteen stages of the asphalt rally to develop with a lead of over 5 minutes sooner than second-placed János Puskádi and Barnabás Gódor in a second Škoda Fabia R5 Evo. The Bulgarian pair of Miroslav Angelov and Georgi Gadzhev were third in a Škoda Fabia R5, a further 5 minutes in the attend of.
The ERT Balkan winners will enjoy the prospect to fight it out in opposition to their counterparts from six other regions on the championship’s closing on Rallye du Valais on 16-19 October.
FIA EUROPEAN RALLY TROPHY CELTIC – CORK “20” INTERNATIONAL RALLY, IRELAND (ROUND 5/5)
Eire’s southwestern province of Munster hosted the Cork “20” International Rally on 28-29 September – the closing spherical of the FIA European Rally Trophy’s Celtic sequence.
Though the qualification for the Trophy’s closing had already been sealed in Craig Breen’s favour after the earlier spherical in Ulster, the closing Celtic spherical in Cork wasn’t with out pleasure and drama.
Marty McGormack and Mitchell Barney took their first victory on a tarmac championship spherical and gave the Polo GTI R5 a maiden utilize on its Irish debut. The British duo received six of the 13 stages of the asphalt rally to select out the discontinue region of the leaderboard, 18.5 seconds sooner than Meirion Evans and Jonathan Jackson, in second region with a Škoda Fabia R5.
Johnny Greer and Kirsty Riddick accomplished the all-British podium in a Ford Fiesta R5.
Ford Fiesta drivers Callum Devine & Daniel Cronin led at a kind of stages but both slipped off the boulevard in SS7 and retired, as did Cathan McCourt in SS9 who used to be lying in the discontinue three.
The final challenge in the FIA European Rally Trophy will peer the marvelous crews from the Celtic and 6 other regions fight it out for the crown on the closing on Rallye du Valais, Switzerland, on October 17-19.
This weekend, the rally action is thrashing to the rhythm of Africa!
FIA AFRICAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP – RWANDA MOUNTAIN GORILLA RALLY (ROUND 7/7)
Rwanda hosts this weekend the curtain-closing spherical of the 2019 FIA African Rally Championship on 4-6 October.
Kenya’s Manvir Baryan, navigated by Drew Sturrock, might perchance enjoy sealed the championship’s title in August after clinching it in Uganda, the fight will be intense to snatch the Rwandan laurels.
2020 CLIO R3T ALPS TROPHY – THE NEW RALLY 5 CHALLENGE!
There’s a brand original satisfaction for rally amateurs bobbing up in 2020: the Clio R3T Alps Trophy in its sixth year of existence will be contested on a brand original Rally 5 automobile mannequin, developed from the 5th generation Renault Clio.
The FIA supported global sequence dawdle by Renault Sport Racing and BZ Seek the advice of Sàrl will offer its people the engrossing opportunity to enter a excessive-stage rivals at an sensible designate.
5 rounds in the guts of Europe – 3 in France and a pair of Switzerland – were confirmed on the provisional calendar for 2020, with the four most attention-grabbing results counting for the qualification.
CLIO R3T ALPS TROPHY PROVISIONAL CALENDAR
3-5 April (TBC) – Rallye Epernay Vins de Champagne (FRA)
8-9 Could perchance well furthermore – Rallye Ain-Jura (FRA) / FIA Alpine Trophy
28-30 Could perchance well furthermore – Rallye du Chablais (CHE) / FIA Alpine Trophy
3-5 September – Rallye du Mont-Blanc Morzine (FRA)
15-17 October – Rallye International du Valais (CHE) / FIA Alpgine Trophy
The Clio R3T Trophy also offers competing crews the prospect to indicate their skills in the FIA European Rally Trophy’s Alpine sequence, as three events are essentially for both trophies.