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ERC Newsletter #35/14
Posted by: newsla on Aug 30, 2014 - 03:28 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
ERC Newsletter #35/14

The 16 priority drivers and co-drivers contesting Barum Czech Rally Zlín have backed the FIA’s Action for Road Safety campaign.

They took part in a photocall following the Qualifying Stage for round eight of the FIA European Rally Championship this morning.


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FIA 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.

The 12 FIA ERC Junior Championship crews competing in Czech Republic this week have also leant their support to the FIA’s Action for Road Safety initiative. Prior to the ceremonial start in host city Zlín, the rising stars of the ERC joined their co-drivers for a photocall on the start/finish ramp.

Barum Czech Rally Zlín is round five of the new-for-2014 ERC Junior Championship. Czech driver Jan Černý heads Stéphane Lefebvre in the standings by a single point.

This is Ulrich Herbert Dewald and Christine Telemann getting married ahead of the start of Barum Czech Rally Zlín this afternoon.

Miroslav Adámek, the Mayor of Zlín, declared the German couple husband and wife on the podium of the FIA European Rally Championship. Afterwards, ERC Junior stars Marijan Griebel and Petter Kristiansen helped to form a guard of honour for the newly weds and rally fans.

The seven lady drivers contesting Barum Czech Rally Zlín assembled for a photocall ahead of round eight of the FIA European Rally Championship and showed their delight by jumping for joy.

Joined by their co-drivers, three of whom are male, the photocall celebrated the new ERC record of female competitors on one event, which previously stood at five. Yulianna Nyirfàs, the reigning ERC 2WD champion co-driver, also took part in the photocall.

Ekaterina Stratieva, the current leader of the ERC Ladies’ Trophy, heads the list of female competitors in her Citroën C2R2 and will face opposition from a host of rivals including top Czech competitor Martina Daňhelová (Renault Clio R3), glamour model Inessa Tushkanova and Czech actress and singer Olga Lounová (both Mitsubishi Lancers).

Three other female drivers will be competing in Zlín, which beats the previous record jointly by the Croatia Rally and the Geko Ypres Rally. They are Barbora Holická (Citroën DS3 R1), Hana Baďorvá (Honda Civic) and Pavlína Tydlačková (ŠKODA Fabia).

Chris Ingram says carrying the colours of Peugeot UK on his 208 R2 is a dream come true. The 20-year-old British talent has attracted support from Peugeot Financial Services and Peugeot UK for his FIA ERC Junior Championship bid.

Speaking ahead of his international debut in the car on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, Ingram said: “It’s an absolute dream come true. Peugeot UK have been involved with my heroes in the past, Colin McRae and Richard Burns and, more recently, Kris Meeke so to be added to that list is just beyond belief. But we’re here, it’s real and it’s just so exciting.

“It puts a little bit of pressure on me but nobody is expecting me to go out and win against Jan Černý and Stéphane Lefebvre on my international debut in the car and I need to get it to the end although a podium would be great to be honest. In my opinion the Peugeot 208 R2 is the best front-wheel-drive out there so there’s no reason why I won’t be on the podium in such a top car.”

Ingram, who is co-driven by Frenchman Gabin Moreau, has finished twice in the top three in ERC Junior this season and is currently third in the standings. He’s one of 12 ERC Juniors competing on the all-asphalt event.

Mark Higgins can’t wait for round eight of the FIA European Rally Championship to get underway because it will mean significantly more seat time in JRM’s all-new Subaru WRX STI.

JRM is running Higgins on three rounds of the ERC Production Car Cup and shakedown this morning was the first opportunity that the three-time British champion had to drive the car developed in conjunction with Subaru Tecnica International in Japan.

“This morning was the first time we really drove the car,” said Higgins. “The guys at JRM have done a great job getting the car ready. It’s been a bit last-minute getting everything ready but we had a good preparation this morning. The test stage was very nice; it gave us a good feeling. We know there are some very quick local drivers here but it will be a great chance to see where the performance of the car is in the Group N category so we will do our best.”

Peugeot Rally Academy’s Craig Breen is raring to get his FIA European Rally Championship back on track on Barum Czech Rally Zlín.

This is your first Barum Czech Rally Zlín since 2011. How confident are you?
“I feel quite confident. I done this event back in 2011 so it’s an event I’m familiar with. It’s as close as it gets to a rally in Ireland believe it or not, even though it’s a long way from home, because the roads are similar to back home, narrow and bumpy with shiny Tarmac. The Qualifying Stage was really good and I’m really looking forward to the rally.”

You won this year’s Acropolis Rally. What result are you hoping for in Zlín?
“I hope to do the same, I hope to win. My first half of the season has been quite difficult with a lot of non-finishes. In fact the last rally I finished was the Acropolis back in March. The last time I finished was with a victory so I would like to finish this one with a win to keep up the record. The only way we can win the ERC this season is to win rallies and I really need to fight for the win this weekend. Of course we’re in the backyard of ŠKODA and it will be difficult but we’ll give it our best shot.”

After not being allowed to compete in Germany last week for medical reasons are you fit?
“I feel the same like I did last week, I feel perfect. Everything is in order, I have been given permission to start and that’s all that matters. I’m ready to start.”

An ERC ever-present since the championship’s streamlining in 2004, Barum Czech Rally Zlín turns 44 this season and takes place around the South Moravian university city, 300 kilometres south of the Czech capital Prague. It’s a Tarmac test like no other due to the bumpy and sometimes broken nature of the road surface. To add to the challenge, several stages feature high-speed blasts through forest areas and intermittent showers are always a possibility. While the weather might be hard to predict, huge numbers of enthusiastic fans follow the action and will be out in force on the opening Zlín superspecial.

Event essentials
Starts:17:00hrs, Friday 29 August, Town Hall, Náměstí Míru square, Zlín
Finishes:15:55hrs, Sunday 31 August, Náměstí Míru square, Zlín
Stage distance: 236.84 kilometres (127.88 kilometres leg one, 108.96 kilometres leg two)
Surface: All asphalt

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