*Penalty demotes on-the-road winner Gryazin, fingers first ERC victory to Østberg
*Mikkelsen secures maiden FIA European Rally Championship title
*Marczyk snatches third following final-stage payment
*Hadik makes it a hat-trick of Hungarian titles in fourth forward of Llarena
*Home hero Herczig suffers heartbreak in combat for podium blueprint
*Pardo takes five in ERC2, Poloński holds on for Abarth Rally Cup success
*Pajari beats Armstrong to ERC3/ERC3 Junior glory
*Mabellini wins first Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT title
*Toksport WRT secures FIA European Rally Championship for Groups
Mads Østberg became as soon as handed a maiden victory in the FIA European Rally Championship on a momentous day for Andreas Mikkelsen, who turns into provisional ERC championafter he became as soon as labeled sixth total on Rally Hungary this night.
Nikolay Gryazin had led nearly from originate up to procedure in his Sports Racing Applied sciences-dawdle Volkswagen Polo GTI R5. Nonetheless his celebrations had been prick brief after event stewards clear that he had now no longer stopped on the scene of Norbert Herczig’s accident on Sunday’s opening stage.
After a mettlesome debut on the Nyíregyháza-based completely mostly event alongside co-driver and fellow Russian Konstantin Aleksandrov, the 15-minute time penalty handed all of the manner down to Gryazin dropped him to P22 and promoted Østberg into first, Miko Marczyk into 2nd and András Hadik to third.
Gryazin explained that he misunderstood the warning indicators from stage-side marshals, however he’ll come what might proceed Hungary empty handed, no subject a dominant performance.
Little had vexed the Latvia-based completely mostly driver on the stressful sealed-ground stages in northeast Hungary even supposing there became as soon as light enlighten this morning when his team became as soon as compelled to replace a snatch in the course of the 15-minute provider discontinuance after a fault became as soon as identified. “We tried to manipulate the shuffle,” Gryazin stated. “Thanks to the team, they did kindly job on account of I repeatedly desired to assemble some adjustments and they also did every little thing.”
For Mikkelsen, winning the ERC titlebecame as soon as a case of mission performed and is derived seven days after he grew to grow to be WRC2 champion. His performance also helped to assemble clear Toksport WRT wins the FIA European Rally Championship for Groups for the first time.
“My purpose forward of the season became as soon as to grab a peep at to grab the championship so I’m very overjoyed,” stated the 32-365 days-mature Norwegian, who became as soon as co-driven by Elliott Edmondson on Rally Hungary and on the old rounds in Azores and Fafe. “I knew it became as soon as going to be very, very tricky with the total drivers so it became as soon as now no longer for clear. Nonetheless we had a factual season, using very wise and repeatedly getting facets when we well-known to. Successful this championship is positively one of the foremost highlights of my occupation. The purpose became as soon as the truth is, the truth is tricky however I the truth is believed in the team, Toksport WRT, and the automobile, the Škoda has been working so effectively and became as soon as the automobile to beat. The season has been very supreme however I thought forward of the season it became as soon as potentially going to be more difficult for me to grab ERC rallies than WRC2 rallies on this planet championship. Attempting encourage on the season I stand on the encourage of that. The shuffle and the shuffle the guys are doing in the ERC is basically high and you the truth is would love to push to the limit must you would possibly capture to combat for the snatch.”
Østberg (TRT Citroën Rally Group Hungary) fought encourage to 2nd after two foremost delays and would snatch the snatch following Gryazin’s penalty. András Hadik clinched his third Hungarian title no subject slipping on the encourage of Miko Marczyk on the closing stage. ORLEN Group driver Marczyk dropped as limited as ninth on day one following a driveshaft downside, however he well-liked his 26th birthday with three stage wins to snatch what would grow to be 2nd blueprint on the closing take a look at.
Efrén Llarena (Rallye Group Spain) became as soon as labeled fourth followed by Simone Campedelli (Group MRF Tyres), Mikkelsen and Yacco ACCR Group’s Erik Cais, who temporarily led however dropped out of the lead combat on account of a damaged tyre and a energy downside. CHL Sport Auto’s Yoann Bonato placed eighth with Miklós Csómos ninth. Italian teenager Alberto Battistolli took more facets in P12 after he recovered from an off on Saturday morning.
Javier Pardo made it five ERC2 wins from five begins in his Suzuki Motor Ibérica Rally2 Equipment-specification Swift. Sami Pajari bought the better of M-Sport Poland team-mate Jon Armstrong to grab ERC3/ERC3 Junior in a Ford Fiesta Rally4. Dariusz Poloński well-liked claiming the Abarth Rally Cup by winning for a fifth time in 2021. Paulo Soria took Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT honours as Andrea Mabellini secured the inaugural title in approach-and-drive sequence for the MICHELIN-geared up Renault Clio Rally5.
Home hero Norbert Herczig held the runner-up characteristic heading into Sunday’s opening stage however a heavy break nearing the procedure of the dawdle ended his hopes of a fourth ERC podium. Though Herczig became as soon as largely unscathed following the heavy impact, co-driver Ramón Ferencz suffered rib injuries.
Despite completing the Qualifying Stage with a high-15 time, Nil Solans became as soon as a non-starter on his debut for Group MRF Tyres after a technical downside in his all-new Hyundai i20 N Rally2 might now no longer be rectified. A spate of punctures resulted in Umberto Scandola’s exclusion on leg one after he drove on a road allotment with perfect three inflated tyres on his Hyundai Rally Group Italia entry in his efforts to approach encourage to provider. Frigyes Turán and Ádám Velenczei both stopped after seven stages. Ken Torn retired his Ford Fiesta Rally3 from the ERC Junior lead on SS8 with a damaged alternator.
Østberg goes from spinning to winning on ERC return
Nonetheless for a high-dawdle stir accurate into a ditch on Saturday morning and a puncture on Sunday’s opening take a look at, Mads Østberg will obtain won Rally Hungary on the road. On the opposite hand, his inherited first blueprint, six quickest stage times and victory amongst the Hungarian championship contenders represented a solid return for the Norwegian. “We had been rapidly and winning stages however had some problems,” Østberg stated. “This time it became as soon as my mistake and it became as soon as laborious to gain encourage.”
5 from five in ERC2 for charging Pardo
Javier Pardo performed his comeback from a damaged tyre on Saturday morning to grab a fifth snatch from as many begins to edge nearer to the FIA ERC2 title. Driving a Suzuki Swift R4lly S for Suzuki Motor Ibérica, Pardo finished more than six minutes forward of title rival Dmitry Feofanov with Victor Cartier overcoming brake factors and a water leak to entire the rostrum in his self-constructed Toyota Yaris Rally2 Equipment. Dariusz Poloński well-liked capturing the Abarth Rally Cup in fourth blueprint by winning for a fifth time in 2021 after Martin Rada retired from the category lead when he went off on SS9 and damaged his car’s suspension. Nonetheless it no doubt became as soon as a nervy procedure for the Polish driver after the electrical downside that struck on Saturday resurfaced in the course of the closing loop and robbed him of well-known energy as the procedure manner. Csaba Juhász overcame a puncture to procedure sixth on the encourage of Roberto Gobbin. Home hero Tibor Érdi Jr didn’t restart after stopping after four stages on Saturday with a damaged gearbox. Joan Vinyes, who retired after harmful his Suzuki’s suspension on SS6 became as soon as yet every other now to no longer approach encourage to the action on Sunday.
Pajari powers to ERC3/ERC3 Junior triumph, Franceschi closes on ERC3 crown
Sami Pajari moved to the live of the provisional ERC3 Junior standings with victory over Jon Armstrong, who became as soon as competing in an the same Pirelli-geared up, M-Sport Poland-engaging Ford Fiesta Rally4. It became as soon as the Finn’s 2nd ERC3 Junior victory of the season and his first on Tarmac and got right here seven days after he took the FIA Junior WRC title on Spain’s world championship counter. By finishing third, Toksport WRT’s Jean-Baptiste Franceschi (Renault Clio Rally4) now no longer perfect remained searching for the ERC3 Junior title however he also moved a appreciable step nearer to the ERC3 crown after Pep Bassas crashed his Rallye Group Spain Peugeot 208 Rally4 as he fought encourage from a damaged tyre on Saturday afternoon. Alejandro Cachón finished fourth for Rallye Group Spain followed by newcomer Anthony Fotia (CHL Sport Auto Clio Rally4). Martin László became as soon as sixth with Amaury Molle seventh in ERC3 Junior following a checklist of problems. Hungarian Peugeot-powered pair Bendegúz Hangodi and Gergö Szauer had been seventh and eighth in ERC3 with Adrienn Vogel P12. Norbert Maior became as soon as third in ERC3/ERC3 Junior when a puncture on SS11 dropped him and co-using sister Francesca down the show. “I made a mistake on one left corner and drove half of the stage on the rim, I’m so sorry to my team,” a devastated Maior stated. It will gain worse for the proficient Romanian when a wheel failed on the closing stage and he retired. Patrik Herczig became as soon as ninth in ERC3 on the in a single day discontinuance however he crashed out on the the same moral-hand corner nearing the procedure of SS8 as his father Norbert did several minutes earlier. Poland’s Łukasz Lewandowski retired his Opel Corsa Rally4 on Saturday morning on account of sickness.
Soria leads Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT however Mabellini is heading in the appropriate route for title pleasure
Paulo Soria did all he might to grab the inaugural Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT title. Though he took the victory in the approach-and-drive category on Rally Hungary, it wasn’t ample to prevent Andrea Mabellini from taking the crown on the double-facets finale. With Bastien Bergounhe and Yigit Timur both retiring their MICHELIN-geared up Renault Clio Rally5s on leg one, Mabellini became as soon as protected in third beginning the closing day and a cautious drive ensured he would capture the blueprint and stable the title forward of Soria and Ghjuvanni Rossi, who finished 2nd on the event and third in the standings.
P1 Racing Fuels Podium Train rewards ERC drivers
The 2021 P1 Racing Fuels Podium Train persisted on Rally Hungary this weekend. It rewards the live three finishers in ERC1 and ERC2 on all rounds of the championship with fuel vouchers that would perchance also be exchanged for P1 XR5 dash fuel at subsequent events, serving to competitors to extra prick the payment of competing. All the contrivance in which thru both categories, the winning drivers bought 150 litres of fuel, while the 2nd and third placed drivers bought 100L and 50L respectively. Extra recordsdata: www.p1racingfuels.com
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PROVISIONAL TOP 15 ERC POSITIONS (after 14 stages, 182.01 kilometres)
1 Mads Østberg (NOR)/Torstein Eriksen (NOR) Citroën C3 Rally2 1h38m43.4s
2 Miko Marczyk (POL)/Szymon Gospodarczyk (POL) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +21.8s
3 András Hadik (HUN)/Krisztián Ketrész (HUN) Ford Fiesta Rally2 +26.1s
4 Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernández (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m14.1s
5 Simone Campedelli (ITA)/Tania Canton (CHE) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m21.8s
6 Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)/Elliott Edmondson (GBR) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m30.4s
7 Erik Cais (CZE)/Jindřiška Žáková (CZE) Ford Fiesta Rally2 +1m49.6s
8 Yoann Bonato (FRA)/Benjamin Boulloud (FRA) Citroën C3 Rally2 +2m06.8s
9 Miklós Csomós (HUN)/Attila Nagy (HUN) Škoda Fabia R5 +2m14.8s
10 Sami Pajari (FIN)/Marko Salminen (FIN) Ford Fiesta Rally4 +6m52.2s
11 Jon Armstrong (GBR)/Phil Hall (GBR) Ford Fiesta Rally4 +7m15.4s
12 Alberto Battistolli (ITA)/Simone Scattolin (ITA) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +7m21.0s
13 Jean-Baptiste Franceschi (FRA)/Anthony Gorguilo (FRA) Renault Clio Rally4 +7m55.0s
14 Alejandro Cachón (ESP)/Alejandro López (ESP) Peugoet 208 Rally4 +8m08.6s
15 Anthony Fotia (FRA)/Arnaud Dunand (FRA) Renault Clio Rally4 +9m00.8s
FIA ERC2: Javier Pardo (ESP)/Adrián Pérez (ESP) Suzuki Swift R4lly S
FIA ERC3: Sami Pajari (FIN)/Marko Salminen (FIN) Ford Fiesta Rally4
FIA ERC3 Junior: Sami Pajari (FIN)/Marko Salminen (FIN) Ford Fiesta Rally4
Abarth Rally Cup: Dariusz Poloński (POL)/Łukasz Sitek (POL) Abarth 124 rally
Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT: Paulo Soria (ARG)/Marcelo Der Ohannesian (ARG) Renault Clio Rally5
Live timing and results: https://www.fiaerc.com/are dwelling-timing/
A corpulent checklist of stage winners appears in the attached .pdf file.
ERC rally wins in 2021: Mikkelsen 2; Basso, Kopecký, Lukyanuk, Østberg 1
ERC stage wins in 2021: Mikkelsen 19; Gryazin 17; Sordo 9; Basso, Cais and Kopecký 7; Lukyanuk and Østberg 6; Crugnola 4; Breen and Marczyk 3; Herczig, Moura and Tempestini 2; Chuchała and Llarena 1
CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS: Click on right here for the provisional positions after 7/8.