Good news for Breen in ERC for 2021 as Citroën renames
Here’s a recap of some of the latest developments in the FIA European Rally Championship.
CITROËN RENAMES AND UPGRADES ITS ERC WINNER
Citroën Racing has renamed and upgraded its C3 R5, the car Alexey Lukyunuk used to win his second FIA European Rally Championship in 2020. From 2021, the C3 R5 will become the C3 Rally2 in line with the FIA’s rallying pyramid, while a new look and package of improvements are set to come on stream from next month. Seven significant technical upgrades are planned for the first three months of 2021 using knowledge and feedback garnered from 15,000 kilometres of testing with the aim of achieving gains in performance, running costs and driveability. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.
TESTING UNDERWAY FOR HYUNDAI’S ERC-BOUND I20 N RALLY2
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing has begun testing the all-new i20 N Rally2, which will be eligible for the FIA European Rally Championship from the summer of 2021, calling on Jari Huttunen and Ott Tänak to carry out initial development duties. Former ERC3 Junior frontrunner Huttunen and Tänak, a one-time ERC event winner, drove the new-for-2021 challenger on gravel roads in Italy last month. The test in Italy, which followed a shakedown close to Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany, was the start of what the Korean make has described as an “exhaustive testing phase”, which will continue over the coming months on a variety of surfaces. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.
RALLYE TEAM SPAIN IS TOP FIA ERC ENTRANT** AS YOUNG STARS BASSAS AND LLARENA COMBINE AND SHINE
Rallye Team Spain’s ERC success has continued with the capture of the coveted FIA European Rally Championship for Teams for 2020**. The talent-backing initiative from Spanish motorsport federation RFEDA has helped young prospects Efrén Llarena and Pep Bassas step up from national to international level with ERC3 Junior prize drives in 2018 and 2020 after they claimed the Spanish Beca Júnior R2 title in 2017 and 2019 respectively. CLICK FOR PRESS RELEASE.
HYUNDAI WORLD CHANCE FOR ERC ACE BREEN
Craig Breen, a stage winner in this season’s FIA European Rally Championship and a five-time event winner in the past, will mount an expanded FIA World Rally Championship bid in 2021. Breen, who drove a Hyundai i20 R5 for Team MRF Tyres in ERC 2020, will share Hyundai Motorsport’s third factory entry in the world championship next season with Spaniard Dani Sordo. Although Breen’s exact schedule has yet to be confirmed, it is expected he will contest six world championship rallies with Paul Nagle co-driving. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.
M-SPORT’S WODA ON TORN’S “OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT” IN ERC
Maciej Woda, the M-Sport Poland Team Director, has praised Ken Torn following the Estonian’s FIA European Rally Championship title double**. Subject to final confirmation, Torn, who was co-driven by fellow Estonian Kauri Pannas, is the winner of the ERC3 and ERC3 Junior titles for 2020 in a Pirelli-equipped Ford Fiesta Rally4 from M-Sport Poland. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.
STAR SOLANS CONSIDERS ERC ATTACK BUT NEEDS SUPPORT
An FIA European Rally Championship campaign would be “great” for Nil Solans – but the Spanish ace needs support to mount a title attack. Solans, 28, impressed on his ERC and Rally Islas Canarias debut last month by winning four stages. He was leading the event when a double puncture wrecked his hopes of victory in the Škoda Fabia he was sharing with co-driver Xavi Moreno. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.
ERC REMEMBERS FORMER CHAMPION PINTO
The FIA European Rally Championship is remembering Raffaele Pinto, winner of the ERC title in 1972, following his recent passing. Pinto, who was 75, took five wins on his way to becoming European champion in a Fiat 124 Spider. The Italian made 30 ERC starts between 1968 and 1979 and scored a sixth European victory in 1975. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.