*Norwegian leads on European championship return for newcomer Topp-Autos Rally Crew

*Torn heading to victory in ERC3/ERC3 Junior, Érdi Jr on direction for house triumph in ERC2

*Rada holds first space in Abarth Rally Cup as Mabellini battles motivate into contention

Andreas Mikkelsen came, seen and has as a lot as now conquered Rally Hungary, main on his return to the FIA European Rally Championship as share of a excessive-fantastic, multi-nationwide entry.

The arena championship tournament winner, competing in a Topp-Autos Rally Crew-escape, Pirelli-geared up Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo, was as soon as a contender from the birth alongside co-driver Ola Fløene.

After trailing ORLEN Crew’s Polish champion Miko Marczyk through Friday’s opening superspecial, Mikkelsen was as soon as second to Alexey Lukyanuk on SS2, but in a train to procure a lead he has but to relinquish, regardless of a gallop on SS3.

“It’s been a indubitably staunch day,” said Mikkelsen, who has been fastest on five stages. “We’ve been driving at some level of the limits and contain a staunch hole for the following day, we can’t query for way more. It’s one factor going testing with Pirelli, it’s massive and keeps me match but I’m a aggressive guy, I love sports and I delight in to direct myself and enlighten the set up I’m in opposition to the others. That is a staunch replace to enact that.”

European championship chief Lukyanuk was as soon as 5.1s within the motivate of Mikkelsen on the midday service pause in Nyíregyháza but removed from chuffed on the completion of SS6, reporting dwell on Fb and YouTube that he’d been checked in to the stage birth modify five minutes early. The ensuing five-minute penalty has dropped the Russian firmly out of contention to the extent he’s now not liable to salvage ERC capabilities of the first time this season in his Saintéloc Junior Crew Citroën C3 R5.

Craig Breen is second overnight, 23.6s within the motivate of Mikkelsen after an overshoot and a gallop this morning. On the replace hand, the Irishman underlined his superstar fantastic and the growth of his MRF Tyres by claiming a brace of stage wins in his Hyundai i20 R5. “To salvage a podium for MRF Tyres and the team is terribly crucial, they’ve been working so now not easy. It’s reasonably extra special to be getting stage wins after a snappy time frame.”

Third-placed Grégoire Munster reported the “finest second of my life” through a muddy share on SS8. Driving a Hyundai i20 R5 for BMA Autosport, Munster’s 51.8s ahead of closest ERC1 Junior rival, Rallye Crew Spain’s ERC3 Junior champion Efrén Llarena, who is fifth total within the motivate of fourth-placed Norbert Herczig, MOL Racing Crew’s four-time nationwide champion.

Emil Lindholm was as soon as fourth and firmly in contention for an overnight podium space after eight stages but was as soon as reported to contain received stuck after going off the avenue in his Crew MRF Tyres Škoda on SS9.

Oliver Solberg, Munster’s closest ERC1 Junior title rival, dropped down the relate with a front-correct puncture on SS7 then lost more time with a left-rear deflation on SS9. “I was as soon as running throughout the avenue, I honestly don’t know the way in which it occurred,” he said. “It’s so nerve-racking to contain two punctures now. The more than just a few drivers contain moments and they don’t salvage the relaxation.”

Solberg’s double prolong in his Eurosol Fabia demoted him from third to ninth with double ERC Junior champion Marijan Griebel transferring as a lot as sixth, followed by Niki Mary-Melnhof and Callum Devine, who executed SS7 with a front-left puncture on his Motorsport Eire Rally Academy Hyundai then lost 20s when he went backwards correct into a field on SS9. A mere 2.8s covers Llarena, Griebel and Mayr-Melnhof.

Simon Wagner, on his first European championship birth since his ERC1 Junior podium within the Czech Republic in August 2019, is a solid P10 after 9 stages, followed by Devine’s Motorsport Eire Rally Academy team-mate Josh McErlean, who is making his ERC debut in Hungary, and extinct Hungarian champion András Hadik.

Erik Cais began Rally Hungary on the motivate of a hit two nationwide rallies in his Yacco ACCR Crew Ford Fiesta R5 MkII. Nonetheless an off on SS2 wrecked his hopes of a solid result, even though the Czech teen underlined his promise with the second fastest time on the finest stage, which he executed 1.2s down on rally chief Mikkelsen. He’s P13 overnight.

Brose Motorsport’s German hope Dominik Dinkel is P14 having been hampered by a pop-off valve direct, damaged wheel rim and, more a good deal, a unhealthy intercom, which meant he was as soon as hearing co-driver Ursula Mayrhofer’s pacenotes simplest intermittently. Yoann Bonato is P15 after he went off on SS3. Miko Marczyk is P16 after stopping to substitute a puncture.

Albert von Thurn und Taxi is P17 with Alexey Lukyanuk a a lot-off P18. Frigyes Turán, finest one year’s winner, is P19 having dropped out of contention with a puncture on SS2. Rally driver changed into rallycross traditional Csuscu is P20.

Russian Rocket’s rousing escape in ruins

Alexey Lukyanuk had been the man to beat on this season’s ERC with two wins and a second-space attain alongside original co-driver Dmitry Eremeev. Nonetheless their escape is over after Eremeev erroneously checked in to birth out SS6 five minutes ahead of schedule. With a five-minute penalty dropping him the complete way down to P18, Lukyanuk hinted he can even now not birth Sunday’s stages. “I will employ later,” the unhappy Russian said.

Torn turns things spherical in ERC3/ERC3 Junior war

Estonian Autosport Junior Crew’s Ken Torn was as soon as main ERC3/ERC3 Junior after four stages in his Ford Fiesta Rally4 but slipped within the motivate of Rallye Crew Spain’s Pep Bassas – his principal title rival – following a puncture on SS5. Bassas, in a Peugeot 208 Rally4, prolonged his margin on SS6 but a time loss on SS7 allowed Torn to salvage motivate in front. He’s 27.9s ahead of Bassas heading into leg two. Ola Jr Nore is third on his ERC debut on the wheel of a Toksport WRT-escape Renault Clio RSR Rally5, which was as soon as sporting a damaged intercooler on the discontinuance of SS9. Amaury Molle is fourth in ERC3 Junior after Norbert Maior retired his Napoca Rally Academy-backed 208 Rally4 with a broken driveshaft. Rachele Somaschini withdrew with the recurrence of a shoulder smash. Raul Badiu is fourth in ERC3 followed by Hungarian girl driver Adrienn Vogel. Martin László was as soon as within the podium war in ERC3 until he received stuck in a ditch on SS5. A gearbox direct has plagued him at some level of the afternoon.

Érdi Jr on direction for a Third ERC2 victory at house, Rada leads Abarth Rally Cup

Hungarian hero Tibor Érdi Jr is on direction for a Third ERC2 dispose of this season after he executed leg one with a ecstatic margin ahead of Zelindo Melegari. Dmitry Feofanov is third with Abarth Rally Cup chief Martin Rada fourth followed by Andrea Mabellini. The Italian retired on SS1 with a suspension and restarted this morning with a five-minute time penalty. Mihnea Mureșan was as soon as main the Abarth Rally Cup on his debut but went off the avenue on SS6. Roberto Gobbin crashed out on SS7.

Hard day for Hungarian title hopefuls

It was as soon as a disastrous birth to the day for reigning Hungarian champion Ferenc Vincze Jr, who retired 300 metres from the initiating of SS3 with a turbo direct. To boot to chasing ERC capabilities, Vincze Jr began Rally Hungary locked in a shut war with Ádám Velenczei in his discuss in confidence to defend his title. Velenczei, who is making his ERC1 Junior debut this weekend, was as soon as P15 after five stages but retired following SS6 with broken correct-rear suspension.

PROVISIONAL TOP 15 ERC POSITIONS (after 9 stages, 118.88 kilometres)

1 Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)/Ola Fløene (NOR) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo 1h07m55.9s

2 Craig Breen (IRL)/Paul Nagle (IRL) Hyundai i20 R5 +23.6s

3 Grégoire Munster (LUX)/Louis Louka (BEL) Hyundai i20 R5 +1m21.3s

4 Norbert Herczig (HUN)/Ramón Ferencz (HUN) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 +1m57.0s

5 Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernández (ESP) Citroën C3 R5 +2m13.1s

6 Marijan Griebel (DEU)/Tobias Braun (DEU) Citroën C3 R5 +2m15.2s

7 Niki Mayr-Melnhof (AUT)/Poldi Welsersheimb (AUT) Ford Fiesta R5 MklI +2m15.9s

8 Callum Devine (IRL)/James Fulton (IRL) Hyundai i20 R5 +2m31.7s

9 Oliver Solberg (SWE)/Aaron Johnston (IRL) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +2m36.8s

10 Simon Wagner (AUT)/Gerald Iciness (AUT) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +2m48.4s

11 Josh McErlean (IRL)Keaton Williams (GBR) Hyundai i20 R5 +3m09.6s

12 András Hadik (HUN)/Krisztián Kertész (HUN) Ford Fiesta R5 MkII +3m13.2s

13 Erik Cais (CZE)/Jindřiška Žáková (CZE) Ford Fiesta R5 MkII +3m42.1s

14 Dominik Dinkel (DEU)/Ursula Mayrhofer (AUT) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +3m43.0s

15 Yoann Bonato (FRA)/Benjamin Boulloud (FRA) Citroën C3 R5 +4m06.8s

FIA ERC2: Tibor Érdi Jr (HUN)/Zoltán Csökő (HUN) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

FIA ERC3:  Ken Torn (EST)/Kauri Pannas (EST) Ford Fiesta Rally4

FIA ERC1 Junior:  Grégoire Munster (LUX)/Louis Louka (BEL) Hyundai i20 R5

FIA ERC3 Junior:  Ken Torn (EST)/Kauri Pannas (EST) Ford Fiesta Rally4

Abarth Rally Cup:  Martin Rada (CZE)/Jaroslav Jugas (CZE) Abarth 124 rally

Are residing timing and outcomes: https://www.fiaerc.com/dwell-timing/

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