Three drivers will face off for the oldest world rally championship title on the planet when Hungary hosts the hotly anticipated 2019 European Rally Championship season decider from 8-10 November.
Since 1953, the FIA European Rally Championship has created heroes with names comparable to Rauno Aaltonen, Miki Biasion, Vic Elford, Sandro Munari and Walter Röhrl, plus latest leading names appreciate Giandomenico Basso, Kajetan Kajetanowicz, Jan Kopecký, Esapekka Lappi and Alexey Lukyanuk all lifting the crown.
And Russian Lukyanuk can prefer the title for a 2d twelve months in succession – offering he can overhaul the two drivers forward of him, Chris Ingram from Immense Britain, and Poland’s Łukasz Habaj, who are bidding to clinch the FIA’s leading regional rally championship laurels for the first time.
Heading to Rally Hungary, a brand unique addition to the ERC roster for 2019, 25-twelve months-passe Ingram leads the standings by 19 aspects from Habaj with Lukyanuk appropriate nine aspects additional relief. According to these numbers on my own it can likely maybe also appear that Ingram is in the ascendency, nevertheless it completely’s on no tale that easy.
A maximum of 39 aspects are up for grabs in Hungary and with ERC drivers counting their perfect six scores over the season, Habaj and Lukyanuk are a great deal in the hunt no matter the gap to Ingram.
While Habaj and Lukyanuk are space to fall four and three aspects respectively from their eventual totals, Ingram may per chance likely maybe also pause up discounting 12 aspects from his final ranking following the attain in Nyíregyháza.
Even though Habaj and Lukyanuk agree with taken a prefer apiece in 2019, Ingram has yet to register an overall victory, instead focusing his efforts on successful the supporting ERC1 Junior title at some stage in the first six events of the twelve months. While he by hook or by crook came up short to Filip Mareš in his portray to prefer that accolade – and the 100,000 euros on provide to the champion – by a mere 0.3s on the deciding spherical in Czech Republic, aspects scored that weekend promoted him to the head of the final table and gave him one other aim to ride.
While the ERC2* and ERC3* titles had been settled in favour of Juan Carlos Alonso and Efrén Llarena respectively, the FIA European Rally Championship for Groups is undecided forward of Rally Hungary with three entrants (Saintéloc Junior Crew, Toksport WRT and ACCR Czech Rally Crew) that you just’re going to be ready to factor in winners.
Fourteen phases over a competitive distance of 211.52 kilometres anticipate the ERC contenders, whereas organisers agree with attracted a 114-sturdy entry – alongside with 29 top-of-the-vary R5 vehicles between the Global, National and Historic fields, as the latest absorbing chapter in the ancient past of Hungarian motorsport is written.
Rally Hungary at a gaze
Hungary returns to the ERC for the first time since 2003 with a brand unique sealed-surface match in Nyíregyháza, north-east Hungary, roughly 150 minutes by automobile from the capital Budapest. While the match changed into successfully mark unique for 2018 when it ran as the Nyíregyháza Rally and counted as the Hungarian championship finale, the city and surrounding space were regulars on the national scene in outdated years. Four-time Hungarian champion and double ERC podium finisher Norbert Herczig talks of a “combination of very fast and very narrow, nevertheless perfect high quality phases”, whereas the match enjoys fervent govt and native authority toughen.
*Field to confirmation of the outcomes by the FIA.