*Behind charge valuable as Mikkelsen extends European championship lead with victory

*Toksport skill becomes fifth a spread of ERC winner in as many action-packed rounds

*Sordo shines on first appearance for Team MRF Tyres with 2d space

*Llarena edges dwelling hero Moura to final podium space on deciding Sete Cidades stage

*Rallye Team Spain driver is high ERC-MICHELIN Expertise Factory finisher

*Pardo most attention-grabbing all over again with third ERC2 triumph, Franceschi wins ERC3

*Crowds flock to spectacular stages of their hundreds on pleasing day

ERC leader Andreas Mikkelsen changed into mighty when it mattered most with a charging comeback victory on the 55th Azores Rallye to vary into the fifth a spread of winner on as many FIA European Rally Championship rounds in 2021.

Using a Toksport WRT-lunge Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo alongside co-driver Elliott Edmondson, MICHELIN-geared up Mikkelsen changed into in fifth space after two stages but gradually fought relief into contention and started Saturday’s closing leg 4.0s tiresome Team MRF Tyres’ contemporary recruit Dani Sordo (Hyundai i20 R5).

He moved in front by 1.9s after relief-to-relief stage wins this morning but had no solution to Sordo on the first of two runs thru the enduring Sete Cidades volcano stage. Sordo’s stage easiest build aside him 0.1s tiresome sooner than the Grupo Marques superspecial. When the Spanish ace went quickest on the 4.10-kilometre check, the lead changed into his heading to midday carrier in Ponta Delgada.

However with his offer of most new tyres depleted, Sordo confronted a large allege to pause in front all the strategy thru this afternoon’s three stages with a trio of quickest stage times from Mikkelsen ensuring the Norwegian’s first ERC buy of the season by 14.8s. It changed into additionally a maiden European championship tournament triumph for British co-driver Elliott Edmondson. The final consequence presents Mikkelsen a 34-point lead after 5 rounds.

“We had a proper gap to Dani so I tried to be suave [on the final stage],” talked about Mikkelsen. “We made the variation in the final two stages so I will also ease off a puny bit bit in [Sete Cidades]. We played it suave and large thanks to the personnel. Elliott did a large job, I’m additionally overjoyed with myself. It changed into after all large competition and it changed into stress-free to battle with Dani. It changed into a extraordinarily tremendous weekend and we truly enjoyed it.”

Efrén Llarena, the most easy-positioned ERC-MICHELIN Expertise Factory member, snatched third space from dwelling hero Ricardo Moura when the 10-time Azorean champion rolled and knocked his left-rear tyre off its rim on the final stage with the final space on the rostrum in his to find. “I made a dumb mistake in a extraordinarily tight nook, I clipped the inner and that’s the strategy it is,” talked about a dreadful Moura, who had led for the first 5 stages on the aid of a noteworthy pressure in the treacherous cases that blighted Friday’s early action.

Within the aid of Moura, ORLEN Team’s Miko Marczyk accomplished fifth to attain extra ERC beneficial properties with Umberto Scandola claiming his easiest results of the season prior to now in sixth for Hyundai Rally Team Italia. Marczyk is third in the championship, seven beneficial properties tiresome contemporary 2d-positioned driver Llarena.

Having claimed high Azorean championship beneficial properties on Friday, Luís Rego accomplished his dwelling round of the ERC in seventh, one space sooner than newcomer Benito Guerra, who flew from Mexico to to find his ERC debut. Azorean championship leader Rafael Botelho and ERC2 winner Javier Pardo rounded out the high 10 in ninth and P10 respectively. The beneficial properties-paying high 15 changed into performed by Luis Vilariño, Victor Cartier, Bruno Amaral, Dmitry Feofanov and Joan Vinyes, who demoted ERC3 winner Jean-Baptiste Franceschi on the final stage.

A double puncture on SS7 supposed reigning ERC champion Alexey Lukyanuk would trail no additional than Saturday’s first check following a tense tournament for the Saintéloc Junior Team Citroën driver. “We had two tiresome punctures,” he talked about. “We felt one in the heart so we determined to trade it. At the 2d the mood changed into fully down on legend of it changed into evident that we are in a position to also no longer battle for any beneficial properties at the unusual time so we didn’t push too much to to find it instant. Within the stop of the stage I had a suspicious feeling we had any other tiresome puncture on the rear and in the final nook it changed into evident that we had two. The concept changed into to transfer instant and strive to be as instant as that you may maybe additionally factor in, that’s why we took easiest one spare.”

Norbert Herczig’s allege for added ERC success in the Azores fleet unravelled when he went off the toll road in the treacherous cases on Friday’s first stage and acquired stuck. Restarting on day two, the four-time Hungarian champion changed into anticipated to battle for day beneficial properties but changed into in anguish on SS7. “We made a mistake on a large curb and hit the rear pleasing wheel with the concrete and unfortunately we damaged the suspension and we is no longer going to be in a build to proceed the rally,” the Škoda Rally Team Hungaria driver talked about.

Erik Cais changed into fifth after eight stages but a heavy touchdown over a jump on the first discuss over with to Sete Cidades damaged the cooler of his Yacco ACCR Team’s Ford Fiesta Rally2 (look under). Rachele Somaschini performed her first Azores Rallye in P19, one space tiresome Igor Widłak, who restarted on day two after rolling his Ford Fiesta Rally3.


Javier Pardo made it three wins from as many starts in the FIA ERC2 Championship with a dominant class triumph on the 55th Azores Rallye. Using a Suzuki Swift R4lly S for Suzuki Motor Ibérica, the Spaniard changed into consistently on high of things after starting the final day with a wonderful thing about 3m37.1s alongside co-driver Adrián Perez, regardless of reporting a scenario with a rear damper at the stop of SS11 that ended in him to lower his paddle for the final two stages. “It changed into a extraordinarily proper rally but this consequence’s additionally for my co-driver and my personnel, they did a extraordinarily proper job.” Pardo talked about. Victor Cartier shrugged off a water leak, pop-off valve tell and make contact with with a rock on SS11 to allege dwelling his self-built Toyota Yaris Rally2 Kit in 2d build. The Frenchman’s exploits will likely be documented on the ERC All Procure admission tojournal convey, which is on account of air on Eurosport 1 at 22h40 CET on Tuesday September 21. Dmitry Feofanov settled for third space after he reported making “some mistakes” on SS7. The Latvia-primarily based fully mostly driver outlined: “We lost a quantity of time and after that we determined to no longer push plenty.” After being slowed by a technical issued on day one, Joan Vinyes changed into relief on high of things in his Suzuki Motor Ibérica entry and scored a complete lot of stage wins on his technique to fourth in class.


With chief rival Pep Bassas no longer starting leg two on account of hurt sustained when the Rallye Team Spain driver crashed his Peugeot 208 Rally4 on SS5, Jean-Baptiste Franceschi took no chances with a cautious pressure to the enact in his Renault Clio Rally4. Co-pushed by fellow Frenchman Anthony Gorguilo, Franceschi left morning carrier six minutes tiresome schedule whereas his Toksport WRT mechanics performed additional repairs and tests. “Admire I talked about to my co-driver it’s extra complex to to find stages in survival mode than having to push thanks to the huge lead we had originally of the day. However we needed to outlive and enact this convey day. It changed into a prolonged day, but our easiest aim changed into to attain the most beneficial properties for the championship that we are in a position to also. For particular it changed into no longer easy and we needed to pause centered on legend of this rally changed into very complex for the first time and it’s easy to to find a mistake or believe complications. I’m overjoyed with this consequence and thanks to Renault Sport and my personnel, Toksport, for this likelihood.” Franceschi’s Toksport WRT personnel-mate Ola Jr Nore changed into a non-starter in his identical Clio Rally4.


Erik Cais changed into one of a chain of high drivers to descend out of the 55th Azores Rallye battle on Saturday morning. The ERC-MICHELIN Expertise Factory member changed into in fifth space starting the Sete Cidades stage, but a heavy touchdown left his Yacco ACCR Team Ford Fiesta Rally2 damaged beyond instantaneous restore. “I know this space after all proper but this three hundred and sixty five days the jump changed into much, much, much bigger,” Cais talked about. “It changed into my mistake, I changed into too instant presumably, although I braked, I build aside fourth equipment but presumably too slack so the vehicle kicked to the front and we hit the front and that damaged the cooler. We were no longer be in a build to proceed.” Cais, who came end to scoring his maiden ERC victory on Barum Czech Rally Zlín final month, added: “I are looking out to indubitably apologise to our personnel, our partners and for particular my household who’re supporting us plenty in these exhausting moments. I wish to come relief stronger, right here’s notorious for me.”

ERC-MICHELIN Expertise Factory people galvanize on 55th Azores Rallye

Efrén Llarena changed into the most easy-positioned ERC-MICHELIN Expertise Factory member in third overall adopted by Miko Marczyk and Rachele Somaschini, as Erik Cais retired from fifth overall with a broken cooler. The ERC-MICHELIN Expertise Factory is an incentive blueprint for young stars in Rally2 autos and is contemporary for 2021.

P1 Racing Fuels Podium Concern rewards drivers

The P1 Racing Fuels Podium Concern persevered on the 55th Azores Rallye in 2021. It rewards the high three finishers in ERC1 and ERC2 on all rounds of the championship with gasoline vouchers that can also additionally be exchanged for P1 XR5 flee gasoline at subsequent events, serving to opponents to additional lower the payment of competing. Across each categories, the a success drivers acquired 150 litres of gasoline, whereas the 2d and third positioned drivers acquired 100L and 50L respectively. More recordsdata: www.p1racingfuels.com



Day two newsfeed accessible on demand by emailing: paula_dequidt@discovery.com

PROVISIONAL TOP 15 ERC POSITIONS (after 13 stages, 201.74 kilometres)

1 Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)/Elliott Edmondson (GBR) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo 2h32m31.5s

2 Dani Sordo (ESP)/Cándio Carrera (ESP) Hyundai i20 R5 +14.8s

3 Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernándes (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m06.5s M

4 Ricardo Moura (PRT)/António Costa (PRT) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m09.7s

5 Miko Marczyk (POL/Szymon Gospodarczyk (POL) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +3m05.0s M

6 Umberto Scandola (ITA)/Danilo Fappani (ITA) Hyundai i20 R5 +4m03.0s

7 Luís Rego (PRT)/Jorge Henriques (PRT) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +5m19.7s

8 Benito Guerra (MEX)/Daniel Cué (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +6m50.3s

9 Rafael Botelho (PRT)/Rui Raimundo (PRT) Škoda Fabia R5 +9m25.9s

10 Javier Pardo (ESP)/Adrián Pérez (ESP) Suzuki Swift R4lly S +13m21.6s

11 Luis Vilariño (ESP)/José Murado (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +15m45.1s

12 Victor Cartier (FRA)/Fabien Craen (FRA) Toyota Yaris Rally2 Kit +17m13.2s

13 Bruno Amaral (PRT)/Rui Medeiros (PRT) Ford Fiesta R5 +18m06.2s

14 Dmitry Feofanov (LVA)/Normunds Kokins (LVA) Suzuki Swift Rally2 Kit +20m30.3s

15 Joan Vinyes (AND)/Jordi Marcader (ESP) Suzuki Swift R4lly S +20m49.9s

M = Eligible for ERC-MICHELIN Expertise Factory incentives

FIA ERC2: Javier Pardo (ESP)/Adrián Pérez (ESP) Suzuki Swift R4lly S

FIA ERC3:  Jean-Baptiste Franceschi (FRA)/Anthony Gorguilo (FRA) Renault Clio Rally4

ERC-MICHELIN Expertise Factory: Efrén Llarena (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo

Dwell timing and results: https://www.fiaerc.com/dwell-timing/


SS1-SS5: Moura/Costa

SS6-SS7:  Sordo/Carrera

SS8-SS9:  Mikkelsen/Edmondson

SS10:  Sordo/Carrera

SS11-13:  Mikkelsen/Edmondson


A lis of stage winners is integrated in the connected PDF.


ERC rally wins in 2021: Basso, Gryazin, Kopecký, Lukyanuk and Mikkelsen 1

ERC stage wins in 2021: Gryazin 13; Mikkelsen 12; Basso, Cais and Kopecký 7; Lukyanuk 5; Crugnola 4; Breen 3; Moura 2; Chuchała, Herczig, Llarena and Tempestini 1

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS: Click right here the provisional positions after 5/8.

What’s next? ERC 2021, Spherical 6 of 8: Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras (Gravel), October 1-3, 2021

The rally in 100 words: While the ERC visited the rally-aroused city of Fafe for the asphalt-primarily based fully mostly Rally Fafe Montelongo final season, this may maybe presumably maybe also be the first time that the prolonged-standing, all-gravel Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras has been phase of the European schedule. A mainstay of the Portuguese championship, the highlight of the tournament is without a doubt the Lameirinha stage complete with the enduring Pedra Sentada jump, which has been phase of rallying folklore for decades. The inclusion of St.a Moderatelýria – Felgueiras and the legendary Seixoso sign in the Felgueiras municipality resulted in the inclusion of Felgueiras in the tournament title two years in the past. Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras Nationa Press Officer:  Adalberto Ramos, adalbertoramospress@demoporto.com Net advise: https://rallyserrasdefafeefelgueiras.com

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