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Rally Sanremo, 10-12 10 2013

DAY REPORT: 2013 FIA European Rally Championship, round 11 of 12
Rallye Sanremo (Italy)
Leg two, Saturday 12 October

*Double European champion makes it two in a row on 55th running of legendary event
*Aigner wraps up ERC Production Car Cup*, Bessenyey wins ERC 2WD Championship*
*Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy goes to Bouffier following charging display.
Italian ace Giandomenico Basso has made a heroic return to the FIA European Rally Championship by winning his home event, Rallye Sanremo, which reached a dramatic climax in the hills of the picturesque Liguria region in northern Italy this afternoon.
Basso, a double European champion, has been absent from the ERC this season but secured a late deal to contest the penultimate round in a Peugeot 207 Super 2000 alongside co-driver Mitia Dotta. Using Michelin’s new hard-compound PILOT Sport R30 tyre for the first time, Basso started the final stage leading Bryan Bouffier by seven seconds. But when Bouffier was forced to change a puncture, Basso took victory in Sanremo for the third time and the fourth for Peugeot’s 207 S2000.
“I’m very, very happy,” said Basso. “I came here with the intention of winning but at one point I thought it was not possible because we did not have a good feeling with the car and I suffered for this. However we made some changes in service to the dampers and that allowed the tyres to work better. When we set the fastest time on stage eight we realised winning was possible. Now I will talk to the Munaretto team to see if it’s possible to do Valais next month. I am also hoping this result will help me put together a more comprehensive programme in the ERC next year.”
Basso wasn’t the only winner this weekend: Andreas Aigner wrapped up the ERC Production Car Cup title* in his Yokohama-shod Subaru Impreza R4 STI with Zoltán Bessenyey clinching the ERC 2WD Championship* for Eurosol-Honda Civic Type R after close rival and fellow Hungarian Kornél Lukács was unable to score the points needed to keep the title fight alive.
“It’s very, very good and I’m really, really happy,” said Aigner, who was co-driven by Barbara Watzl. “I knew before the weekend this rally would be really hard but it was even harder. The car was absolutely perfect and the Yokohama tyres were working really well especially for the first time with the new pattern.”
Bessenyey, who was attending a friend’s birthday party in Hungary when he learned that he’d done enough to be champion, said: “It’s been a very good season and I’ve liked it very much. We started the year not knowing the races, the competition, the team or the car but step-by-step we have improved. It’s thanks to everyone who helped us get these results. We had a very reliable car, great team and sponsors and we were able to challenge on all the races because of this.”
While Basso celebrated his second successive victory in Sanremo, there was frustration for multiple Italian title-winner Paolo Andreucci who dropped out of a comfortable lead when he made a rare error four kilometres into Saturday’s third stage. “I noticed before the stage there was low pressure in one tyre so we changed it but the tyre was worn,” Andreucci explained. “Then in a slippery section about four kilometres in I lost it. It was quite a straightforward place and maybe I did not pay enough attention. I hit something in the rear so we changed the left-rear tyre and that was it. Of course you make mistakes but I don’t remember making a mistake as stupid as this.”
Despite taking less than two minutes to change their punctured tyre, Bouffier and co-driver Xavier Panseri slipped to fourth in the overall standings behind Alessandro Perico and Fabrizio Carrara. Perico would have been second but for a charging effort by Esapekka Lappi on the final stage. Lappi said he “pushed like hell” in his factory ŠKODA Motorsport Fabia S2000 to clinch the runner-up spot by winning the stage alongside navigator and fellow Finn Janne Ferm. Cheered on by ŠKODA team-mate and European champion* Jan Kopecký, who was in Italy to watch the serious competition ahead, Lappi had started the final leg in sixth overall following a conservative drive on his Sanremo debut and his sixth start on asphalt.
Stefano Albertini finished fifth with Paolo Andreucci recovering to sixth having slipped outside of the top 10 at one point. Federico Gasperetti dominated the ERC Production Car Cup division in his Renault Mégane R.S. N4, finishing seventh overall in the process. Alex Vittalini won the ERC 2WD Championship category after overnight leader Simone Campedelli crashed out on Saturday’s opener. Vittalini, in a Citroën DS3 R3T, had actually slipped to second in class starting the final stage but moved back ahead when Danilo Ameglio retired. Michele Tassone finished second with Gabriele Cogni third in a Peugeot 208 R2.
Young Russian driver Vasily Gryazin fought back from a puncture to complete the top 10. Craig Breen restarted on Saturday following his exit on the first Ronde night stage and clocked several rapid stage times in his Peugeot Rally Academy entry. Team-mate Jérémi Ancian retired with engine failure on Friday’s third test.
Robert Consani returned to the action after stopping following stage one with a brake glitch on his Team Renault Sport Technologies Mégane R.S. N4. Subaru driver Toshi Arai finished third in the ERC Production Cup but Alain Pyrame went off the road on the final stage while running fourth.

Rally Sanremo, 10-12 10 2013


TOP 10 POSITIONS (after 11 stages, 231.78 kilometres)
1 Giandomenico Basso (ITA)/Mitia Dotta (ITA) Peugeot 207 Super 2000 2h37m37.3s
2 Esapekka Lappi (FIN)/Janne Ferm (FIN) ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000 +1m43.0s
3 Alessandro Perico (ITA)/Fabrizo Carrara (FIN) Peugeot 207 S2000 +1m47.1s
4 Bryan Bouffier (FRA)/Xavier Panseri (FRA) Peugeot 207 S2000 +1m52.9s
5 Stefano Albertini (ITA)/Simone Scattolin (ITA) Peugeot 207 S2000 +2m10.4s
6 Paolo Andreucci (ITA)/Anna Andreussi (ITA) Peugeot 207 S2000 +10m01.0s
7 Federico Gasperetti (ITA)/Federico Ferrari (ITA) Renault Mégane R.S. N4 +10m35.2s
8 Alex Vittalini (ITA)/Sara Tavecchio (ITA) Citroën DS3 R3T +11m40.2s
9 Michele Tassone (ITA)/Marco Rosso (ITA) Renault Clio R3 +11m48.8s
10 Vasily Gryazin (RUS)/Dmitry Chumak (RUS) Ford Fiesta S2000 +12m26.3s

ERC Production Car Cup:
Federico Gasperetti (ITA)/Federico Ferrari (ITA) Renault Mégane R.S. N4
ERC 2WD Championship:
Alex Vittalini (ITA)/Sara Tavecchio (ITA) Citroën DS3 R3T
Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy:
Bryan Bouffier (FRA)

Go to for the championship positions following round 11 of 12.

SS1-SS2: Bryan Bouffier
SS3-SS6: Paolo Andreucci
SS7-SS10: Giandomenico Basso

Day one (Friday 11 October, 106.76 kilometres):
SS1: Coldirodi (14.34kms): Overall: Bouffier/PC: Gasperetti/2WD: Campedelli
SS2: Apricale (17.75kms): Scandola/Gasperetti/Campedelli
SS3: Vignai (20.40kms): Andreucci/Aigner/Campedelli
SS4: Ronde (33.87kms): Bouffier/Gasperetti/Campedelli
SS4b: Ronde bis (20.40kms): Andreucci/Gasperetti/Campedelli

Day two (Saturday 12 October, 125.02 kilometres):
SS5: Colle Langan 1 (19.93kms): Bouffier/Gasperetti/Nucita
SS6: Passo Teglia 1 (21.85kms): Bouffier/Gasperetti/Ameglio
SS7: Colle d’Oggia 1 (20.73kms): Bouffier/Gasperetti/Nucita
SS8: Colle Langan 2 (19.93kms): Basso/Gasperetti/Nucita
SS9: Passo Teglia 2 (21.85kms): Bouffier/Gasperetti/Ameglio
SS10: Colle d’Oggia 2 (20.73kms): Lappi/Gasperetti/Nucita

ERC rally wins in 2013: Jan Kopecký 6; Giandomenico Basso 1; Bryan Bouffier 1; Kajetan Kajetanowicz 1; Jari Ketomaa 1; Freddy Loix 1.
ERC stage wins in 2013: Jan Kopecký 49; Bryan Bouffier 25; Robert Kubica 18; Craig Breen 17; Jari Ketomaa 8; Freddy Loix 6; Kajetan Kajetanowicz 5; Roman Kresta 4; Raimund Baumschlager 3; Andreas Aigner 2; Paolo Andreucci 2; François Delecour 2; Martin Kangur 2; Bernardo Sousa 2; Pieter Tsjoen 2; Pavel Valoušek 2; Giandomenico Basso 1; Jan Černý 1; Beppo Harrach 1; Esapekka Lappi 1; Luis Monzón 1; Ricardo Moura 1; Jaroslav Orsák 1; Hayden Paddon 1; Václav Pech 1; Umberto Scandola 1; Juraj Šebalj 1.

Rallye International du Valais (Switzerland), 7-9 November

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*Subject to confirmation of the results by the FIA



Richard Rodgers / Media FIA ERC 2013
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WRC A FULL 2013 / 2014


29 de Diciembre 2013

Cuando todo indicaba que la firma inglesa que distribuye y arma en sus instalaciones de Cumbria, los autos que representan a la compañía norteamericana del ovalo en el WRC, o sea Ford desde 1997 con la responsable gestión de Malcom Wilson, en el día de ayer surgió la versión que su empresa habría acordado un contrato de tres años con Vodafone para participar cómo patrocinador principal de la escuadra británica en el campeonato del mundo de rallyes que organiza la FIA a partir del mítico Rally de Montecarlo a mediados de enero.
Pero al parecer no es tan concreta la opción cómo se vislumbraba para la sustitución del patrocinio de Qatar, tras la determinación del príncipe qatarí, Nasser Al-Attiyah, de dejar de lado por un año la actividad rallística y centrarse al certamen ecuménico de Rally Raid con el equipo alemán que conduce Sven Quandt, X-Raid Team. Mirando el objetivo máximo la edición del Dakar Argentina, Bolivia y Chile 2014 con el MINI ALL4 Racing.
Con esta incertidumbre comenzará M-Sport, el año en el Rally Mundial, si o no Vodafone en los laterales de los competitivos Fiesta RS WRC del finlandés Mikko Hirvonen, el inglés Elfyn Evans, en el día de su cumpleaños número 25 y el polaco Robert Kubica, quien entreno en esta jornada en Europa con vistas a su debut en el ERC Janner Rally con la Fiesta versión RRC by M-Sport con el apoyo del lubricante de su país, Lotos.








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FIA ERC 2014 event preview: 31 Int. Jannerrallye, Oberosterreich


28 December 2013

EVENT PREVIEW: 2014 FIA European Rally Championship, round one of 12
31 Int. Jännerrallye, Oberösterreich, 3-5 January 2014 (Austria)

ERC Ice Masters to chase success on 2014 season-opener in Austria

Some of Europe’s best drivers will prove their worth as Ice Masters when the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship powers into action on the 31 Int. Jännerrallye, Oberösterreich from 3-5 January 2014.

The asphalt showcase, which first ran in 1969 and attracted 100,000 spectators when it hosted the opening round of the 2013 ERC, is based in Freistadt, 40 kilometres north of the city of Linz in Upper Austria. The stages in the spectacular Mühlviertel region use fast, undulating country roads, with ice and snow adding to the challenge facing the crews.

As well as counting as the first event of the 12-round ERC schedule, which will enjoy extensive coverage on Eurosport, the rally is also the opening event of the Austrian and Czech championship seasons. It provides the first opportunity for drivers to chase ERC Ice Master points, an exciting new initiative developed by ERC promoter Eurosport Events.

Close on 50 cars are entered for the international section of the Jännerrallye with Formula One race winner turned rallying superstar Robert Kubica the top seed in his Ford Fiesta RRC. The entry list also includes Austria’s ERC Production Car Cup champion Andreas Aigner, his ERC 2WD title-winning counterpart Zoltán Bessenyey from Hungary, plus the national champions from Austria (Raimund Baumschlager), Czech Republic (Václav Pech) and Poland (Kajetan Kajetanowicz).

The event features 18 stages over a competitive distance of 245.60 kilometres. A Qualifying Stage, held on the morning of Friday 3 January, will be used to decide the starting order among the priority drivers.


ERC aces to make performance step
Several ERC regulars will be taking a step up in performance in Austria. Andreas Aigner, Robert Consani and Hermann Neubauer are among those sampling more advanced machinery than they used in 2013, with Aigner and Consani both competing in Peugeot 207 Super 2000s and Neubauer armed with a Subaru Impreza R4 STI for the first time. Meanwhile, ERC 2WD runner-up Kornél Lukács will switch to a four-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX having campaigned a Citroën C2R2 in 2013.

R5 cars out in force in the ERC
Three new-generation Ford Fiesta R5s are entered with Czech drivers Roman Odložilík and Pavel Valoušek, plus top Pole Kajetan Kajetanowicz all competing in the M-Sport-built cars. Valoušek scored the first ERC stage win for an R5-specification car last season, while Kajetanowicz bagged the car’s maiden outright victory in the ERC.

Young ERC hopefuls out to impress
Several future stars will be in action including young Latvian promise Vasily Gryazin, emerging Czech talent Jan Černý, rated Hungarian Kornél Lukács, rising Ukrainian Vitaly Pushkar, German hope Raffael Sulzinger and Simone Tempestini, the current Romanian Junior champion. Černý, Lukács, Pushkar and Tempestini will all be in contention for ERC Production Car Cup honours, where rapid Austrian Beppo Harrach is expected to provide their strongest opposition.

Tarabus to start ERC adventure in Austria
Jaromír Tarabus, a frontrunner in the Czech championship for several seasons, will begin his ERC campaign on the Jännerrallye, one of as many as eight rounds that Tarabus is due to tackle in his Kresta Racing-prepared ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000. Compatriot and European championship regular Antonín Tlusťák is also expected to contest several ERC rounds in 2014 in a Fabia.

Danhelová and Stratieva to chase ERC Ladies’ Trophy honours
Martina Danhelová and Ekaterina Stratieva will battle for ERC Ladies’ Trophy honours in Austria. Stratieva finished runner-up to 2013 champion Molly Taylor, while Danhelová made a one-off ERC appearance in her native Czech Republic last term.

What’s new in the ERC in 2014?
New rallies, new categories and new awards are all in store for the ERC in 2014. The Acropolis Rally, the Circuit of Ireland Rally, auto24 Rally Estonia and the Cyprus Rally are all new for the upcoming season, while Sibiu Rally Romania becomes a winter event. The FIA ERC Junior Championship will get underway on Rally Liepāja in late January; the ERC Manufacturers’ Cup begins in 2014, while surface specialists will be rewarded with the creation of the new ERC Asphalt, Gravel and Ice Master accolades.


ERC Production Car Cup champion steps up for home rally

A new year and a new car – how much experience do you have of your Peugeot 207 Super 2000?
“Not so much. I did some kilometres in a Race of Champions-style event on a rallycross track in Austria but for sure we will do a test before the rally because it is very important to prepare for the wet, icy and snowy roads you get on this event so you can get the confidence.”

So it sounds like the weather will be a big factor?
“It means there cannot be one real favourite for the victory because it is so easy to make a mistake and go off the road or to make the wrong tyre choice and lose one minute. The weather is changing all the time and it is not easy to be on the right tyres at the right time.”

Your choice of car gives you the chance to start the 2014 ERC season with an overall victory…
“Although it’s my home event I don’t have so much experience on these roads and there are a lot of good drivers doing this rally, including really strong drivers from Austria and Czech Republic. They know the stages very well and will be very fast.”

Is this a one-off drive or is there a chance that you will do more ERC events in this car?
“We don’t know yet. I am very happy to be at the start in this car and I will look forward to this but we are still waiting on decisions from some sponsors before we can look ahead for the rest of the season.”

How crucial will a strong result be in your efforts to secure more backing?
“Of course a good result is important but I don’t think it will make a big difference. The most important thing is to compete in the European Rally Championship when it comes to your country.”

*History was made on the Jännerrallye in 1981 when a four-wheel-drive car was used in competition for the first time. Driving an Audi Quattro, Franz Wittmann won by a margin of more than 20 minutes.
*Speaking of iconic rally cars, event regular Stig Blomqvist will drive a Quattro course car as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of his world rally title triumph in 1984.
*The first Jännerrallye took place in 1969 but a lack of finance meant there was no event between 1986 and 2001. The event didn’t run in 2010 due to a permit issue.
*Ernst Haneder is a baker in Jännerrallye host town Freistadt when he’s not competing. A brush with a telegraph pole ended his hopes of a finish last season.
*Apple strudel and Wiener schnitzel are two popular Austrian dishes. In Upper Austria, dumplings are a favourite, while the Linzer Torte is a cake made from ground nuts and raspberry jam.

ŠKODA driver Jan Kopecký claimed what would be the first of six ERC victories during his title-winning season by repeating his Jännerrallye triumph of 12 months previously. In a dramatic finish, Kopecký beat Bryan Bouffier (Peugeot 207 S2000) to victory by half a second after he fought back from a late puncture. Multiple Austrian champion Raimund Baumschlager finished third. Austria’s Beppo Harrach clinched the Colin McRae Flat Out Trophy for his performance to win the ERC Production Car Cup. Hannes Danzinger recovered from a puncture to win ERC 2WD in a Renault Clio.


Starts: 19:30hrs, Friday 3 January, Messehalle, Freistadt
Finishes: 17:28hrs, Sunday 5 January, Messehalle, Freistadt
Headquarters: Messehalle, Stieranger 8, 4240 Freistadt
Service park: Stieranger, 4240 Freistadt
Facts and figures:
Entries received: 49
ERC appearances: Three (since restructuring of ERC in 2004)
Stages: 18
Stage distance: 245.60 kilometres (138.40 kilometres leg one, 107.20 kilometres leg two)
Liaison: 579.26 kilometres
Total: 824.86 kilometres
Surface: Snow and ice-coated asphalt

Media accreditation and media centre:
Wirschaftskammer (WKO building), Linzer Straße 11, 4240 Freistadt
Accreditation times:
07:30hrs-22:00hrs, Friday 3 January
07:30hrs-22:00hrs, Saturday 4 January
Media centre opening times:
07:30hrs-22:00hrs, Friday 3 January
07:30hrs-22:00hrs, Saturday 4 January
07:30hrs-22:00hrs, Sunday 5 January

Free Practice (for FIA/ERC priority drivers): 09:30hrs, Friday 3 January, Freistadt Trölsberg (1.99-kilometre stage approximately three kilometres from the event service park)
Qualifying Stage (for FIA/ERC priority drivers): 10:30hrs, Friday 3 January, Freistadt Trölsberg
Shakedown (for all other drivers): 11:00hrs-15:00hrs, Friday 3 January, Freistadt Trölsberg
Driver photo/interview opportunity: 14:00hrs-15:00hrs, Friday 3 January, Pferdeeisenbahn Museum, Kerschbaum 61, 4261 Rainbach (eight kilometres from service park)
Presentation of competing cars: 16:00hrs, Friday 3 January, Stadtplatz, Freistadt
Start order selection: 16:30hrs, Friday 3 January, Stadtplatz, Freistadt
FIA Action for Road Safety photocall: 16:40hrs approx., Friday 3 January, Stadtplatz, Freistadt
Pre-event press conference: 17:15hrs, Friday 3 January, Wirschaftskammer (WKO building), Linzer Straße 11, 4240 Freistadt (200 metres from the service park)
Ceremonial start: 19:30hrs, Friday 3 January, Messehalle, Stieranger, 4240 Freistadt
Post-event press conference: 18:30hrs, Sunday 5 January, Messehalle, Stieranger, 4240 Freistadt, Austria. Top-three drivers and co-drivers in attendance
Event media contact: Armin Holenia,, +43 6642012700
Television coverage: Daily highlights will be broadcast on Eurosport. Go to the Watch it on TV section of for more information
ERC Rally Radio: Live throughout the event at or through the ERC app
Results, standings, live timing and text commentary:





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28 de Diciembre 2013

Vodafone será el patrocinador oficial de M-Sport a partir del Rally blanco de Suecia, valido por el FIA World Rally Championship 2014 en el mes de febrero en los Ford Fiesta RS WRC de Mikko Hirvonen, Elfyn Evans y Robert Kubica.


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