Feeble FIA European Junior champion claims milestone victory after flying efficiency
*Breen support on the podium with solid indicate sooner than championship leader Lukyanuk
*Torn prime-ratings in ERC Junior in Pirelli-outfitted M-Sport Poland Fiesta Rally3
*Sesks triumphs at home in ERC3/ERC3 Junior, Timur wins Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT
*Latvia-primarily primarily based entirely Feofanov flies to first ERC2 success as Poloński takes Abarth Rally Cup
*Rallye Crew Spain’s Llarena is leading ERC-MICHELIN Talent Manufacturing facility finisher
Nikolay Gryazin is the Rally Liepāja hat-trick hero following his victory on round two of the 2021 FIA European Rally Championship season at the unusual time (Saturday).
Gryazin, who moreover received Latvia’s ERC counter in 2017 and 2018, led the high-tempo event from the outlet stage to yelp a hugely impressive triumph alongside co-driver Konstantin Aleksandrov in a Pirelli-outfitted Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.
He accomplished 17.3s sooner than Craig Breen, who claimed Crew MRF Tyres’ first podium within the ERC in second with Alexey Lukyanuk extending his ERC title lead to nine factors in third build for Saintéloc Junior Crew after the Russian overtook Rallye Crew Spain’s Efrén Llarena on Saturday’s opening take a look at.
“After considerations in Poland in a roundabout diagram we are here in first build,” mentioned Gryazin, the 24-12 months-venerable Latvia-primarily primarily based entirely Russian. “We did a merely job, no disorders, no considerations. For the final piece I would possibly perchance relax because while you’ve a bother it is possible you’ll perchance possibly pressure thru. Everyone within the team did a merely job and it’s consistently superb to purchase your form of home rally.”
Llarena, the leading ERC-MICHELIN Talent Manufacturing facility finisher, took fourth with Toksport WRT’s Andreas Mikkelsen fifth in any other Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo and the becoming of the Rally Liepāja novices.
After ending third on his home round in Poland final month, ORLEN Crew’s Miko Marczyk persisted his solid poke of get in sixth bother with Hyundai Junior Driver Ole Christian Veiby marking his ERC return in seventh build, despite vitality disorders overlaying his closing tempo. On the opposite hand, the Norwegian became once subsequently excluded after his automobile failed post-event technical checks.
Finland’s Eerik Pietarinen moved as a lot as seventh in his older-specification Fabia with Yacco ACCR Crew’s younger Czech Erik Cais impressing by ice climbing up from P15 in a single day to make eighth. Chilean Emilio Fernàndez took ninth for Toksport WRT, whereas Simone Tempestini (Napoca Rally Academy) accomplished the head 10. Nil Solans (Rallye Crew Spain) slipped to P11 due to time misplaced opening the avenue for his competitors within the support of, as Georg Linnamäe, Norbert Herczig (Škoda Rally Crew Hungaria), Raul Jeets and Yoann Bonato (CHL Sport Auto) rounded out the head 15.
Alberto Battistolli became once P16 with Hyundai Junior Driver Grégoire Munster P17 after hundreds of delays. ERC Junior winner Ken Torn became once a elegant P18 overall in his M-Sport Poland Ford Fiesta Rally3 followed by Jarosław Kołtun and Russian Radik Shaymiev.
Umberto Scandola rolled his Hyundai Rally Crew Italia i20 R5 into retirement on SS8. Fabian Kreim (Pole Promotion) became once within the head-six strive in opposition to when he stopped with broken suspension on the identical stage. Suspension misfortune price Motorsport Eire Rally Academy driver Callum Devine essential time when a chief 10 make beckoned.
Dmitry Feofanov received ERC2 for the first time in his profession with Liepāja’s very comprise Mārtiņš Sesks hitting support from a testing fracture on Tuesday to ranking an ERC3/ERC3 Junior double in his Fiesta Rally4 after Friday pacesetter Sami Pajari rolled his Fiesta on Saturday’s first stage but persisted to make third within the support of Renault Clio Rally4 driver Jean-Baptiste Franceschi.
Yigit Timur took a great maiden victory within the Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT, the advance-and-pressure series for the Clio Rally5 on MICHELIN tyres sooner than Andrea Mabellini. Dariusz Poloński made it support-to-support Abarth Rally Cup wins with Martin Rada second.
How Gryazin claimed an ERC Rally Liepāja treble
Heading into Saturday’s six high-tempo gravel stages east of host city Liepāja, Nikolay Gryazin’s lead of 10.6s became once far from stable. But he became once 3.4s sooner than Craig Breen thru the outlet take a look at of the day to grow his advantage to 14.0s as Alexey Lukyanuk demoted Efrén Llarena for third.
Enthusiastic to form up extra ground, Lukyanuk narrowed his gap to Breen to 11.0s by successful SS8. On the opposite hand, there became once a scare for Lukyanuk on SS9, the European championship leader negative the radiator of his Citroën C3 Rally2 after he ran huge on a corner and briefly dropped true into a ditch.
Even despite the indisputable reality that temporary repairs ensured he would possibly perchance reach the midday provider pause in Liepāja, Breen became once now 16.0s to the merely over Lukyanuk with Gryazin going quickest on SS9 to manual Breen by 15.2s with three stages final.
Gryazin became once quickest all over again on SS10 sooner than Andreas Mikkelsen signalled his intent with a brace of stage bests to purchase leg two and salvage 5 bonus factors as Lukyanuk settled for second within the support of Breen.
Feofanov’s broken-down favourite helps him to first ERC2 victory, Poloński wins Abarth Rally Cup
Dmitry Feofanov mentioned successful ERC2 for the first time made Rally Liepāja the “rally of my existence” after he edged out reigning champion Tibor Érdi Jr following an accomplished efficiency. After making a gradual automobile change from the Suzuki Swift Rally2 Kit he’d intended to use to his broken-down favourite, a Mitsubishi Lancer, Feofanov’s choice paid off as the Lancer’s larger prime-tempo proved to be larger righteous to the hasty-paced Latvian roads. Érdi Jr settled for second with Polish Subaru Impreza driver Subaru driver Michał Pryczek claiming a maiden ERC2 podium in third. Ainārs Igaveņš took fourth having been third after day one, his co-driving son Ralfs striking the drop of bother down to a lack of latest competitors skills. Poland’s Dariusz Poloński made sure of the Abarth Rally Cup laurels in fifth with Czech Mada Rada ending second within the Abarth Rally Cup in sixth overall. Victor Cartier became once unable to restart his Toyota Yaris Rally2 Kit on leg two due to engine misfortune.
Dominant Torn opens ERC Junior victory legend in Fiesta Rally3
Whereas newcomer Oscar Solberg centered on studying his M-Sport Poland-constructed Ford Fiesta Rally3 on his return to global rallying after 18 months, reigning ERC3/ERC3 Junior champion Ken Torn charged to a dominant victory in his Pirelli-outfitted Fiesta. Estonian Torn became once quickest at faculty on all 10 stages and on a unprecedented foundation alarmed the decrease prime 20 occasions to underline his ability and the efficiency of the FIA’s extra financially accessible four-wheel-pressure class.
Sesks in a roundabout diagram triumphs at home in ERC3/ERC3 Junior after Pajari rolls support
The in a single day leader in ERC3/ERC3 Junior, Sami Pajari became once keeping on to prime build of residing after Saturday’s opening two stages as Liepāja’s favourite rallying son, Mārtiņš Sesks, closed to interior 5.0s following support-to-support stage bests in his identical M-Sport Poland Ford Fiesta Rally4. But a low-tempo roll on SS9 left the round one double winner down in fifth bother and 3m33.5s within the support of original leader Sesks, who reached midday provider with light radiator misfortune following a brush with a pole on SS9. But any fears Sesks would possibly perchance need had proved wrong as his Rally Liepāja perfect fortune in a roundabout diagram held. By ending 1m16.6s within the support of Sesks, Jean-Baptiste Franceschi’s 1m10s time penalty for an early take a look at-in at far flung provider on Saturday would within the terminate not have an effect on the closing results with the Frenchman a solid second in his all-original Renault Clio Rally4. Pajari battled support to total the ERC3 Junior podium but couldn’t stop Rallye Crew Spain’s Pep Bassas from joining Sesks and Franceschi within the ERC3 prime three. German baby Slit Loof accomplished fourth in ERC3 Junior followed by Kaspar Kasari and Amaury Molle, who battled gearbox disorders on Saturday morning. Daniel Polášek accomplished seventh with Norbert Maior restarting to make eighth after suspension misfortune and a broken driveshaft place him out on SS2. Nikolai Landa, who crashed true into a tree on the identical stage, accomplished ninth after rediscovering misplaced confidence. Martin László, who stopped on day one with broken steering, returned to total the head 10. Newcomer Joosep Ralf Nõgene stopped with a gearbox tell on Friday. Ola Jr Nore became once in third when he retired his Clio Rally4 with misfortune on SS8. Łukasz Lewandowski drove his Opel Corsa Rally4 to ninth in ERC3 after rolling on day one.
From hard occasions to merely occasions for Timur in Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT
Yigit Timur hit support from his opening round exit to purchase the Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT on the support of a great efficiency from the Turkish driver. Italian Andrea Mabellini accomplished the original advance-and-pressure series for the Clio Rally5 on MICHELIN tyres in second. Ghjuvanni Rossi beat fellow Frenchman Bastien Bergounhe to Third build by 3.0s, whereas it became once a case of what would possibly perchance need been for Paulo Soria. The round one winner from Argentina slid true into a ditch and got caught on SS1 but restarted on Saturday and took class wins on all but one stage to yelp fifth build of residing.
ERC-MICHELIN Talent Manufacturing facility members provoke
Efrén Llarena became once the becoming of the ERC-MICHELIN Talent manufacturing unit members in fourth overall. An incentive contrivance for younger stars in Rally2 autos, Miko Marczyk positioned sixth overall with Erik Cais eighth, Simone Tempestini in P10 and Grégoire Munster in P17 following delays.
P1 Racing Fuels Podium Scheme back rewards drivers
The P1 Racing Fuels Podium Scheme back continues in 2021. It rewards the head three finishers in ERC1 and ERC2 on all rounds of the championship with gasoline vouchers which would possibly be exchanged for P1 XR5 fling gasoline at subsequent events, serving to competitors to further gash the associated price of competing. All over both categories, the successful drivers bought 150 litres of gasoline, whereas the second and third positioned drivers bought 100L and 50L respectively. Extra knowledge: www.p1racingfuels.com
PROVISIONAL TOP 15 ERC POSITIONS (after 10 stages, 179.02 kilometres)
1 Nikolay Gryazin (RUS)Konstantin Aleksandrov (RUS) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 1h30m50.3s
2 Craig Breen (IRL)/Paul Nagle (IRL) Hyundai i20 R5 +17.3s
3 Alexey Lukyanuk (RUS)/Dmitry Eremeev (RUS) Citroën C3 Rally2 +30.9s
4 Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernándes (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +56.8s M
5 Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)/Ola Fløene (NOR) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m13.3s
6 Miko Marczyk (POL)/Szymon Gospodarczyk (POL) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +40.2s M
7 Eerik Pietarinen (FIN)/Antti Linnaketo (FIN) Škoda Fabia R5 +2m11.8s
8 Erik Cais (CZE)/Jindřiška Žáková (CZE) Ford Fiesta Rally2 +2m22.5s M
9 Emilio Fernàndez (CHL)/Rubén García (ARG) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +2m41.6s
10 Simone Tempestini (ROU)/Sergiu Itu (ROU) +2m47.9s M
11 Nil Solans (ESP)/Marc Martí (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +2m59.9s
12 Georg Linnamäe (EST)/Volodymyr Korsia (UKR) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 +3m03.1s
13 Norbert Herczig (HUN)/Ramón Ferencz (HUN) Škoda Fabia Rally 2 Evo +3m14.7s
14 Raul Jeets (EST)/Timo Taniel (EST) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +3m21.4s
15 Yoann Bonato (FRA)/Benjamin Boulloud (FRA) Citroën C3 Rally2 +3m39.1s
M = Eligible for ERC-MICHELIN Talent Manufacturing facility incentives
FIA ERC2: Dmitry Feofanov (LVA)/Normunds Kokins (LVA) Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
FIA ERC3: Mārtiņš Sesks (LVA)/Renārs Francis (LVA) Ford Fiesta Rally4
FIA ERC Junior: Ken Torn (EST)/Kauri Pannas (EST) Ford Fiesta Rally3
FIA ERC3 Junior: Mārtiņš Sesks (LVA)/Renārs Francis (LVA) Ford Fiesta Rally4
Abarth Rally Cup: Dariusz Poloński (POL)/Łukasz Sitek (POL) Abarth 124 rally
Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT: Yigit Timur (TUR)/Onur Aslan (TUR) Renault Clio Rally5
ERC-MICHELIN Talent Manufacturing facility: Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernándes (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Dwell timing and results: https://www.fiaerc.com/live-timing/
Please consult with attached PDF for added knowledge.
ERC rally wins in 2021: Gryazin and Lukyanuk 1
ERC stage wins in 2021: Gryazin 12; Lukyanuk and Mikkelsen 4; Breen 3; Chuchała 1
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS: Click here the provisional positions after 2/8.
What’s subsequent? ERC 2021, Round 3 of 8: Rally di Roma Capitale, July 23-25
The rally in 100 phrases: The event of this asphalt event from Max Rendina’s Motorsport Italia organisation, is impressive. Having first poke in 2013, Rally di Roma Capitale made its ERC debut in 2017 as Italy returned to the European championship for the first time in four years when Rallye Sanremo became once on the calendar. It proved a colossal hit and continues to flourish. Whereas COVID-19 restrictions supposed no talk over with to Ostia for the seaside superspecial in 2020, the everyday stages around Pico to the far southeast of event hub Fiuggi remained. By moreover counting as an Italian championship round, local participation is on the total solid.
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