*First Briton to clinch ERC crown since Vic Elford in 1967 praises co-driver Whittock
*From ERC Junior rookie to champion: Ingram’s European chase nets the reliable prize
*Turán ratings closing-gasp victory on home soil as puncture denies Lukyanuk take and title
*Nucita claims Abarth Rally Cup as Saintéloc clinches top crew award earlier than Toksport
*Stratieva topped ERC Ladies’ Trophy champion for third time in rain-hit event
Toksport WRT’s Chris Ingram has turn out to be the first British driver to take the FIA European Rally Championship title for 52 years after finishing fourth in a dramatic season showdown in Hungary**.
Alongside co-driver Ross Whittock, the ŠKODA Fabia R5-powered Ingram overcame two tyre deflations – the second approaching the reliable stage of the event – and a shuffle to fabricate the season on 141 aspects, taking into yarn dropped ratings and leg bonus aspects.
Saintéloc Junior Crew’s Russian Alexey Lukyanuk done second to rally winner Frigyes Turán after struggling his contain puncture on the closing test. He and co-driver Alexey Arnautov would possibly perchance perchance furthermore easiest grab up two Sunday leg bonus aspects, and done on 131 aspects, 9 adrift of Ingram and Whittock.
Ingram came into the weekend 19 aspects earlier than Sports activities Racing Applied sciences’ Łukasz Habaj, and an extra 9 earlier than Lukyanuk, the reigning champion. With essentially the most easy six outcomes out of eight counting in direction of the championship, Ingram was station to lose 12 aspects from his halt-of-season complete, with Habaj and Lukyanuk potentially dropping four and three respectively.
But in a dramatic closing stage, Ingram came by strategy of to clinch the crown as Frigyes Turán took the Rally Hungary victory, his first within the ERC to turn out to be the eighth a quantity of winner in as many rounds in 2019.
Ingram’s success completes his transition from rookie to overall champion in a location of six seasons. He began his FIA European Rally Championship chase in a Renault Twingo, incomes the Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy on the Circuit of Ireland, easiest his second look, which resulted in a colossal break. A probability with Peugeot UK adopted sooner than he was recruited by the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Crew. After dropping out on the 2016 ERC3 Junior title on a closing-spherical decider to crew-mate Marijan Griebel in Liepāja, Ingram bounced abet to prefer the crown the next season, this time earlier than crew-mate Jari Huttunen.
That result helped Ingram catch a step up to ERC1 Junior for 2018 and he narrowly lost out on championship glory to Nikolay Gryazin on the halt of his first campaign at R5 level. Despite restricted budget – which wanted to be bolstered by a crowd-funding campaign launched by his mother plus the make stronger of his Toksport WRT crew – Ingram took the title battle to the reliable spherical, easiest to fail to scrape first station to Filip Mareš by 0.3s. But that defeat on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, which he done main the final standings, served as a catalyst to a, at events, unlikely title push.
“It’s been a bloody laborious avenue to win but here’s the entire lot to us,” talked about Ingram, a 25-twelve months-old from Manchester within the UK. “Thank you so great to each person who has helped us, each person who has supported us. The make stronger has been totally amazing and we’re so grateful. It’s been this form of laborious twelve months but I’ve no longer carried out this on my own. Ross has been amazing, he’s essentially the most reputable man, I’m a complete dope. But he’s essentially the most targeted particular person within the total world. The crew indulge in been totally extraordinary. The auto has been supreme. Thank you so great to them for making it happen.”
Lukyanuk’s closing-stage puncture, meanwhile, denied him the event take and what indulge in been a second title following Ingram’s drama earlier than him on the avenue. He settled for second as Callum Devine, riding a Hyundai Motorsport N-entered i20 R5, took third in his first ERC1 launch up made that that you just would be able to be ready to factor in by backing from his nationwide ASN, Motorsport Ireland.
Andrea Nucita famed Abarth Rally Cup success with Czech federation-supported Erik Cais’s soak up ERC3 ample to secured second station within the reliable ranking within the abet of provisional champion Efrén Llarena.
Ekaterina Stratieva won the ERC Ladies’ Trophy for a third time alongside with her Saintéloc Junior Crew honorable the FIA European Rally Championship for Groups earlier than Toksport WRT and ACCR Czech Rally Crew.
Leg two hiss: Wet-climate master Lukyanuk denied on the closing as Turán triumphs
Recently-topped nationwide champion Ferenc Vincze won Sunday’s opening toddle, the 10.60-kilometre Óhuta-Fony stage, as title chasers Lukyanuk and Ingram hit pains with the Russian dropping his rear brakes from the beginning and Ingram dropping “about 5 or 10 seconds” following a half-shuffle and a stall.
Things purchased worse for Ingram within the morning’s second stage as a front-valid puncture early on forced him to prevent for a replacement sooner than persevering with. He lost more than two minutes, which allowed stage winner Frigyes Turán to pass into second within the abet of Lukyanuk.
Heavy rain affected great of the early motion with situations proving essentially the most anxious on the penultimate test sooner than provider (SS10) after which event organisers cancelled the second pass (SS14) for safety reasons.
Lukyanuk made it by strategy of the treacherous stage 10 with the quickest time and the Russian also topped the city stage in Nyíregyháza to prefer a lead of more than two minutes into the reliable loop of two stages with Ingram third within the abet of Turan and a chuffed 1m38s earlier than fourth-positioned Norbert Herczig, the MOL Racing Crew’s four-time nationwide champion, who would toddle on to declare his first stage take of 2019 on the penultimate test.
After struggling three punctures on Saturday, Herczig’s up-and-down home event ended with yet one other deflation on the reliable stage as heavy rain, declare and lightning examined the crews smooth further. He done fifth in his Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.
As situations worsened, Ingram came by strategy of with a front-valid puncture, dropping him out of the podium locations and reputedly handing the title to Lukyanuk. Incredibly, Lukyanuk was forced to prevent and replace one other puncture at some point of the stage, dropping practically two minutes and a station to second.
This promoted Turán to the lead, but attentions targeted on how far down the Sunday leg positions Lukyanuk fell. The Russian would possibly perchance perchance furthermore easiest rating two aspects for being sixth quickest on the halt of the leg, which left Ingram champion by a margin of 9 aspects.
Sunday purchased off to a disappointing beginning for ERC1 Junior champion Filip Mareš, who did no longer launch up SS8 following powersteering issues. The Czech federation-backed neatly-known particular person, on the first of two prize drives from ERC promoter Eurosport Events for his championship success, was 6.8s from third beginning leg two.
Erstwhile title contender Łukasz Habaj retired sooner than the halt of Saturday’s leg following powersteering and suspension issues, a sad halt to a really impressive campaign for the Pole, which included honorable the season-opening Azores Rallye.
ERC Junior long-established Kristóf Klausz went off the avenue on SS9, while early rally leader Vincze also retired with a technical train after struggling overheating issues and a puncture in his Korda Racing Crew ŠKODA Fabia R5 on Saturday.
Turán celebrates maiden ERC take – by cellular phone!
Frigyes Turán revealed he chanced on out he’d claimed his maiden event soak up the FIA European Rally Championship when he purchased a cellular phone call from his crew with the marvelous recordsdata. Hungarian Turán admitted sooner than the launch up that he’d be laborious pushed to shatter into the head 10 within the reliable expose attributable to his lack of familiarity with his ŠKODA Fabia R5, but ended up honorable the event when long-timeframe leader Alexey Lukyanuk, who was working within the abet of him on the avenue, picked up a puncture on the deciding stage of Rally Hungary. “I used to be on the reach to the provider park once I purchased a call from the crew that we done third, but first,” talked about Turán. “I could perchance perchance furthermore rarely judge it. It took some time to realise it, and to snort you the truth, I used to be totally moved. It is awesome! I must admit that first I conception I did no longer and not using a doubt need that closing stage attributable to the crude situations attributable to the fog. But now I focal point on it was effectively-wished. Overall the bustle was tremendous, I bask in these stages, easiest the rain had some unfavorable impact, but valid now I focal point on the entire lot is far more than supreme. We’re among those few drivers, who haven’t had any punctures, even supposing the situations were and not using a doubt anxious. I could perchance perchance furthermore no longer hope this more or much less result, it’s amazing.”
Saintéloc topped ERC champion crew**
The Saintéloc Junior Crew has won the FIA European Rally Championship for Groups* thanks to the blended efforts of its Rally Hungary trio, Alexey Lukyanuk, Sean Johnston and Ekaterina Stratieva. Basically based in France, the Saintéloc Junior Crew also counted on aspects scored by Sindre Furuseth earlier within the season. Saintéloc’s honorable complete over Toksport WRT was 9 aspects, Lukyanuk’s deficit to Toksport pilot Chris Ingram in his in the end unsuccessful suppose to take the ERC Drivers’ title. ACCR Czech Rally Crew done third but arrived in Hungary indulge in already clinched the ERC International locations’ Cup.
Czech federation-backed Cais wins ERC3 for catch second station in closing expose
Despite receiving a 20-second penalty for a gradual test-out from Saturday morning provider while his crew rushed to halt a gearbox swap, Erik Cais done a dominant first victory over Marijan Griebel, honorable by more than seven minutes. Griebel was left to rue an absence of wet climate tyres because the situations turned for the more serious heading into Sunday’s second leg and adopted a cautious technique to ship his Toksport WRT Peugeot 208 R2 home in a chuffed second station. A current downpour at some point of SS9 meant that Cais took it comparatively carefully as Saturday morning leader Miklós Csomós claimed the stage take. Prerequisites were far worse on the next test which allowed Cais to plot back farther from Griebel within the abet of. Csomós then took a favored city stage soak up Nyíregyháza to halt the loop on a friendly blow their own horns. After going off the avenue on the outlet day, Ohran Avciouglu returned in his Toksport Peugeot but alternator issues affected his velocity.
The ERC Ladies’ Trophy title battle took a dramatic twist over the route of the morning, as aspects leader Nabila Tejpar’s toddle came to an abrupt halt on SS10. The British driver ran large and hit a tree, rolling over in consequence, although she and co-driver Hugo Magalhães were uninjured. Bulgarian Stratieva therfore knew that a fabricate would catch a third ERC Ladies’ Trophy title.
Pleasure and despair: Nucita is provisional ERC Abarth Rally Cup champion as Polonski retires
Andrea Nucita is the provisional ERC Abarth Rally Cup champion for 2019 after Dariusz Poloński retired sooner than the launch up of Rally Hungary’s eighth stage this morning. Poloński effectively wished to take the one-execute category for the Abarth 124 rally in Hungary with Nucita non-scoring in expose to prefer the title and the 30,000 euros on offer to the champion. On the opposite hand, Poloński’s exit attributable to a suspected oil stress train manner it was Sicilian Nucita who takes the spoils, enviornment to confirmation of the outcomes. Native driver Mátyás Nagy, a rival to Nucita and Poloński within the ERC2 category, did no longer launch up leg two following myriad issues on Saturday.
PROVISIONAL TOP 10 POSITIONS (after seven stages, 107.14 kilometres)
1 Frigyes Turán (HUN)/László Bagaméri (HUN) ŠKODA Fabia R5 2h11m28.0s
2 Alexey Lukyanuk (RUS)/Alexey Arnautov (RUS) Citroën C3 R5 1h06m39.4s 33.7s
3 Callum Devine (IRL)/Brian Hoy (IRL) Hyundai i20 R5 3m39.5s 1m25.9s
4 Chris Ingram (GBR)/Ross Whittock (GBR) ŠKODA Fabia R5 1m48.5s
5 Norbert Herczig (HUN)/Ramón Ferencz (HUN) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 3m12.3s
6 Albert von Thurn und Taxis (DEU)/Bernhard Ettel (AUT) ŠKODA Fabia R5 6m04.3s
7 Sean Johnston (USA)/Alex Kihurani (USA) Citroën C3 R5 6m55.0s
8 Erik Cais (CZE)/Jindřiška Žáková (CZE) Ford Fiesta R2T 13m22.5s
9 Pál Lovász (HUN)/Tamás Kürti (HUN) ŠKODA Fabia R5 5m03.1s
10 Paulo Nobre (BRA)/Gabriel Morales (BRA) ŠKODA Fabia R5 14m08.8s
FIA ERC2: Andrea Nucita (ITA)/Bernardo Di Caro (ITA) Abarth 124 rally
FIA ERC3: Erik Cais (CZE)/Jindřiška Žáková (CZE) Ford Fiesta R2T
ERC Ladies’ Trophy: Ekaterina Stratieva (BGR) Peugeot 208 R2
SS1: Lukyanuk/Arnautov and Vincze/Bacigál
Watch hooked up file for list of stage winners
ERC rally wins in 2019: Al-Attiyah, Basso, Habaj, Kopecký, López, Lukyanuk, Solberg and Turán 1
ERC stage wins in 2019: Lukyanuk 39; Crugnola 13; Al-Attiyah and Solberg 10; Kopecký 6; Habaj and López 5; Gryazin, and Loubet 4; Huttunen, Ingram, Teodósio and Vincze 3; Galatariotis 2; Basso, Campedelli, Devine, Herczig, Marczyk, Moura and Suárez 1
THE CHAMPIONS OF 2019 (Area to confirmation of the outcomes by the FIA)
FIA ERC1: Chris Ingram (GBR)/Ross Whittock (GBR) ŠKODA Fabia R5
FIA ERC2: Juan Carlos Alonso (ARG)/Juan Pablo Monasterolo (ARG) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
FIA ERC3: Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernández (ESP) Peugeot 208 R2
FIA ERC1 Junior: Filip Mareš (CZE)/Jan Hloušek (CZE) ŠKODA Fabia R5
FIA ERC3 Junior: Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernández (ESP) Peugeot 208 R2
FIA ERC Groups: Saintéloc Junior Crew
Abarth Rally Cup: Andrea Nucita (ITA)/Bernardo Di Caro (ITA) Abarth 124 rally
ERC International locations’ Cup: ACCR Czech Rally Crew
ERC Ladies’ Trophy: Ekaterina Stratieva