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ERC Newsletter #20/14
Posted by: newsla on May 16, 2014 - 06:11 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
ERC Newsletter #20/14


SPECTACULAR CITY SHOW SIGNALS THE START OF ERC SATA RALLYE AÇORES SATA Rallye Açores 2014 is go after the spectacular City Show in Ponta Delgada last night (Wednesday) signalled the start of round five of the FIA European Rally Championship.

 

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Using a temporary all-asphalt course on Ponta Delgada’s promenade and surrounding streets, the event attracted thousands of fans ahead of the competitive action getting underway with the first of 17 stages later today (Thursday).

Although drivers weren’t chasing times, they still put on a show for the spectators. And for those fans unable to travel to Ponta Delgada, RTP Açores broadcast the action live online. And such was the popularity of the City Show that all grandstand seats sold out in the afternoon that they went on sale.

Following Free Practice and the Qualifying Stage for the FIA and ERC Priority Crews this morning, special stage one, Vila Franca São Brás gets underway at 16:49hrs local time with Bernardo Sousa first on the road and Qualifying Stage winner Craig Breen starting 12th.

ERC SATA Rallye Açores live coverage reminder

ERC SATA RALLYE AÇORES LIVE COVERAGE REMINDER

Four stages of SATA Rallye Açores, round five of the FIA European Rally Championship,will be shown live simultaneously on Eurosport and RTP Açores.

The two runs of the 23.90-kilometre Sete Cidades test on Friday 16 May and the two passes of the 21.30-kilometre Tronqueira stage on Saturday 17 May will be broadcast as they happen. Furthermore, both passes of the 7.46-kilometre Feteiras stage on Friday will be streamed live on the official ERC website, Fiaerc.com.

In addition, RTP Açores will stream live coverage of the Grupo Marques superspecial stage, used twice during the event. The pre- and post-event press conferences will be streamed live on Fiaerc.com at 13:20hrs on Thursday and 20:15hrs on Saturday.

ERC Rally Radio will also be broadcasting live with reporters bringing instant reaction from the drivers at the end of virtually every stage. ERC Rally Radio is available at Fiaerc.com where live results and text commentary can also be accessed.

The live coverage will be broadcast as follows (all times are CET):

Friday 16 May

12:30hrs-13:00hrs: LIVE on Fiaerc.com (SS5 Feteiras 1, 7.46 kilometres)

13:00hrs-14:00hrs: LIVE on Eurosport (SS6 Sete Cidades 1, 23.90 kilometres)

18:30hrs-19:00hrs: LIVE on Fiaerc.com (SS9 Feteiras 2, 7.46 kilometres)

19:00hrs-20:00hrs: LIVE on Eurosport (SS10 Sete Cidades 2, 23.90 kilometres)

Saturday 17 May 13:00hrs-14:00hrs: LIVE on EUROSPORT (SS13 Tronqueira 1, 21.30 kilometres)

19:00hrs-20:00hrs: LIVE on EUROSPORT (SS17 Tronqueira 2 (21.30 kilometres)

ERC drivers support tree-planting initiative

ERC DRIVERS SUPPORT TREE-PLANTING INITIATIVE

Stars from the FIA European Rally Championship have lent their support to an important environmental initiative ahead of SATA Rallye Açores.

ERC aces such as Kevin Abbring, Craig Breen, Robert Consani, Martin Hudec, Stéphane Lefebvre and Jaroslav Orsák attended a tree-planting ceremony in host town Ponta Delgada on Tuesday night.

The tree-planting activity is part of a long-term environmental sustainability push being implemented by the SATA Rallye Açores organising team in conjunction with the Regional Department of the Environment.

Life in the old car yet for ERC star Magalhães

LIFE IN THE OLD CAR YET FOR ERC STAR MAGALHÃES

Bruno Magalhães will start round five of the FIA European Rally Championship in Peugeot 207 Super 2000 chassis #3 - the car he used to claim his first outright victory way back in 2007 and the same machine he drove to SATA Rallye Açores glory in 2008 and 2010.

Magalhães had been due to switch to a new-generation Peugeot 208T16 for his home round of the ERC but will stick to his trusty 207 S2000 instead.

"The car I drive is from Peugeot Portugal, chassis number three," said the multiple Portuguese champion. "I used it to win my first overall rally in 2007 and to win twice in Açores, so we can say this car knows very well the rally and maybe it can give me some luck. I expect to do a good rally but I know the new generation of cars are faster, especially on the gravel. My target is I go fast as I can, I want to be as close to the front guys and see what happens."

Back to where it all began for ERC Junior Tincescu

BACK TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN FOR ERC JUNIOR TINCESCU

Florin Tincescu is counting on his previous experience of SATA Rallye Açores to help power him to his first FIA ERC Junior Championship points this weekend.

Romanian rising star Tincescu, part of the Napoca Rally Academy operation, was third the ERC 2WD class on last year’s island event driving a Dacia Logan. He is using a Citroën C2R2 Max for the new-for-2014 category.

"Last year we finished third in ERC 2WD in Açores with the Dacia Logan," said Tincescu, who retired on the season-opening Rally Liepāja. "I hope that we can make the most of our experience from last year. It won’t be easy because we have very strong opponents in ERC Junior but for sure it will be fun to drive on these stages again."

From the steering wheel to the grill for ERC Juniors

FROM THE STEERING WHEEL TO THE GRILL FOR ERC JUNIORS

FIA ERC Junior Championship frontrunners Jan Černý and Risto Immonen tried their hand at cooking when they attended a barbecue for drivers, co-drivers and their teams at the end of the first day of reconnaissance for SATA Rallye Açores.

Černý and Immonen were among a number of ERC Junior drivers who attended the event at Pinhal da Paz, a short journey from the SATA Rallye Açores base in Ponta Delgada.

They were given a quick lesson in barbequing chicken sourced from the island of São Miguel. All food not consumed at the event was stored and donated to charitable causes.

Q&A: Juha Kankkunen

Q&A: JUHA KANKKUNEN

Four-time world champion and former SATA Rallye Açores winner Juha Kankkunen looks back to 2001 when he won the all-gravel spectacular, now a round of the FIA European Rally Championship.

How much do you remember about the SATA Rallye Açores?

"Actually, I remember it very well. It was in 2001 and we didn’t do so many rallies that year because I had stopped with Subaru on the world championship and it was before I started with Hyundai. We had the chance to come to the Açores and I was very happy for that. I remember some beautiful stages and a fantastic rally. In fact, after the rally I stayed for a little bit and went round the island by bike for a little holiday. It’s not often I do that after a rally: normally I am in a hurry to get home. But this time I stay."

Was it a tough event back then?

"Yes, it was very tricky and technical. I remember the stages being very narrow: you had to be so neat and precise, also with the pace notes. We had a good battle with Thomas Rådström that was very close but then on the final day he had a problem with I think his alternator so he had to stop. In any case we led from the start so I was very happy to win and we did a good rally. But it was nice that we had to fight hard for the win."

What advice would you give to the drivers starting this year’s rally?

"Most of all just to enjoy it. These are fantastic stages and it’s always a big pleasure to be driving a rally car. And like always, you have to remember that to finish first, first you have to finish."

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