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ERC Newsletter #05/14
Posted by: newsla on Feb 02, 2014 - 07:38 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
ERC Newsletter #05/14

The new-for-2014 FIA ERC Junior Championship began with a wave and a cheer in Liepāja last night as the 15 crews taking part on the first event braved freezing temperatures to signal the start of an exciting new era.


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With all six manufacturers of R2 cars plus 11 different nationalities represented, the ERC Junior line-up for round one is certainly big on variety. And here’s a reminder, in event number order, of who’ll be building their experience of international competition in Latvia.

Jan Černý (Czech Republic, age 23, Peugeot 208 R2)
Risto Immonen (Finland, age 23, Citroën C2R2)
Stéphane Lefebvre (France, age 21, Peugeot 208 R2)
Steve Røkland (Norway, age 21, Ford Fiesta R2)
Marijan Griebel (Germany, age 24, Opel ADAM R2)
Petter Kristiansen (Norway, age 24, ŠKODA Fabia R2)
Andrea Crugnola (Italy, age 24, Peugeot 208 R2)
Mattias Olsson (Sweden, age 22, Ford Fiesta R2)
Jean-Mathieu Leandri (France, age 24, Peugeot 208 R2)
Aleks Zawada (Poland, age 21, Peugeot 208 R2)
Kevin van Deijne (Netherlands, age 24, Ford Fiesta R2)
Florin Tincescu (Romania, age 20, Citroën C2R2)
Tomáš Pospíšilík (Czech Rep, age 20, ŠKODA Fabia R2)
Fabrizio Andolfi (Italy, age 24, Peugeot 208 R2)
Chris Ingram (United Kingdom, age 19, Renault Twingo R2)

After winning ERC Junior on the opening two stages, Černý leads Olsson by 26.3s. Steve Røkland is third with Risto Immonen fourth, Stéphane Lefebvre fifth and Petter Kristiansen sixth.

Glamour model Inessa Tushkanova has backed the ERC Ladies’ Trophy, saying it’s the perfect way to encourage female drivers to go rallying.

Russia-based Tushkanova is making her ERC Ladies’ Trophy debut on Rally Liepāja this weekend and spoke highly of the category.

“I want the ERC Ladies’ Trophy to grow because I cannot compete against the men in this class in this condition,” said Tushkanova, who will take on Ekaterina Stratieva for ERC Ladies’ Trophy honours in Latvia. “But against another girl it will be more interesting because we are competing more on a level together and we can make our small competition. For all drivers it is bad if you don’t want to be first [overall] but we must be realistic.”

Stratieva and Tushkanova will feature extensively on the Inside ERC programme, which will be shown on Eurosport on Tuesday (4 February). Visit Fiaerc.com for details.

The priority drivers contesting round two of the FIA European Rally Championship in Latvia this week are getting behind the FIA’s Action for Road Safety initiative.

They assembled for a group photograph in support of the campaign shortly after selecting their starting positions for Rally Liepāja, which takes place over 12 stages on Saturday and Sunday.

The FIA's Action for Road Safety is a global campaign, focusing the federation's resources on helping its member organisations around the globe to educate and advocate for safer roads, vehicles and behaviours. It aims to lower the alarming figures associated with global road accidents and to spread the safer motoring message.

Central to the campaign are the 10 Golden Rules for Safer Motoring – a set of simple tips intended to help motorists improve their driving behaviour. These rules hope to assist motorists in reaching a golden standard of motoring and to remind them of their responsibilities to themselves, their passengers and all other road users.

Flying Finn Esapekka Lappi will start his FIA European Rally Championship campaign on Rally Liepāja. Here’s what the ŠKODA Motorsport driver had to say ahead of the event getting underway with the first of 12 stages this morning.

It’s almost your home round of the ERC Esapekka, how have you prepared and what’s your target for this event?
“It’s similar to Finland and I think we will have a really great rally. The roads are enjoyable. It’s a shame we don’t have the snow but it’s an advantage for me. In a way I know how to drive on these types of roads. But I’ve driven no winter rallies without snow, zero.”

It’s getting pretty cold outside but we gather your car doesn’t have a heater. How tough is that and what do you do to keep warm on winter rallies like this?
“I only have heating for the windscreen so it’s not so warm. The main thing is the windscreen is warm so we can see. You have to push on the limit to stay warm.”

This is your first appearance in the ERC in 2014. What’s the plan for the rest of the year?
“Full season doesn’t mean we will do all rounds because we can choose. We will do six to eight rounds but we don’t know yet and unfortunately I can’t tell you any more. We decide after the next rallies.”

Rally Liepāja took place for the first time in 2013 when it ran up the Baltic coast from Liepāja to Ventspils in Latvia’s far west. With Ventspils no longer on the itinerary, a revamped route will feature stages in the Liepāja and Kuldīga districts only. It means all but one stage is completely unchanged, while the Rallyofchampions.com stage, run twice on Sunday, has never been used before. Leg one is based around Kuldīga, 88 kilometres north of Liepāja, and includes three repeated stages. Sunday’s route consists of a further three repeated tests centred on Aizpute, 50 kilometres north of Liepāja.

Event essentials
Starts/finishes: Friday 31 January/Sunday 2 February, Liepāja
Entries received: 56
Stages: 12
Stage distance: 240.66 kilometres (137.82 kilometres leg one, 102.84 kilometres leg two)
Surface: Snow and ice-coated gravel

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