Jan Kopecký Wins Croatia Rally + Seals ERC Driver's Title | ERC - 2013

Jan Kopecký won the Croatia Rally, and along with it, the season's ERC driver's title, and the co-driver's title to his navi Pavel Dresler. With just another two rounds to conclude the championship this year, with more than 100 points to Bryan Bouffier - the title is secured to the Czech.

Also a great news to Production class driver Andreas Aigner, with a strong second overall finish by taking maximum in his class, and securing the season's Production Cup Driver's title. Also he won the Colin McRae Flatout Trophy for the rally.

Aleks Humar won the 2WD win, while Zoltán Bessenyey takes a good score in second place finish and to a 73 point lead to nearest Kornél Lukács in the championship points. Szabolcs VARKONYI finished in third place.

Pic courtesy tweet@The_Rally_Guru
Asja Zupanc with a overall 11th place finish took the ladies class victory, while Molly Taylor settled for second place after finishing in 23rd overall, and Ekaterina Stratieva came close in third in a 27th overall finish.

The second place finish was sufficient for Molly Taylor & her co-driver gentleman Sebastien Marshall to secure the Ladies Trophy in the championship, who celebrated with a splash into the pool.


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Gaurav Gill Leads, Lappi Retires - Rally Hokkaido, Day 2 | APRC - 2013

Rally Hokkaido, the 5th round of Asia Pacific Rally Championship [APRC] opened up yesterday with the shakedown, official flagoff and a SSS in the evening.

Today morning, Esapekka Lappi who started with a small overnight lead, went on to lead the rally until SS9, when Lappi's suspension failed and had to retire.

And with a day full of drama over the Obhiro’s fast and technical gravel roads - Gill, in his Team MRF Skoda Fabia S2000, took over the lead [with Lappi's retirement] from Japanese & Subaru driver Yuya Sumiyama. Although another Japanese & Subaru driver Toshi Arai who started well in his WRX retired in SS3 with a gearbox failure, only to hand over the lead to Team MRF drivers. While Lappi retires, Gill gets in a strong position with nearly 6 minute lead to win the rally, if he keeps his position intact.

Overall Top 5 Results after SS10.

  Pos      No  Driver
Vehicle
Time Diff Prev  Diff Ldr
11G.GILL
SKODA
1:48:43.60.00.0
24Y.SUMIYAMA  
SUBARU
1:54:41.6+5:58.0+5:58.0
311H.ISHIZAKI
SUBARU
1:56:32.9+1:51.3+7:49.3
415S.TAGUCHI
MITSUBISHI
1:56:56.9+24.0+8:13.3
55S.MUTA
SUBARU
1:58:29.2+1:32.3+9:45.6

Eight more stages for tomorrow, starting early at 6am.
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Kopecky Leads after Day 1 - Rally Croatia | ERC - 2013

Jan Kopecky leads Rally Croatia by the end of SS7. The Czech managed to squeeze out a 52.9s gap in the second half of the re-run of the morning stages, from a 10.5s deficit.

Andreas Aigner who had built up the lead by end of loop-1 of today's stages in his Subaru Impreza R4, succumbed to the pressure of Skoda Fabia S2000 driver in afternoon stages.

Overnight leader Juraj Sebalj had a terrible start of the day by slipping down to 16th overall after the opening stage, SS2. However, the local star recovered steadily to 5th overall by the day's end. The young German & Production Cup aspirant Hermann Gassner jr did a good job to hold on to the third overall spot till the last stage of the day and second in Production class.

Andras Hadik is in 3rd spot, while Andreas Aigner leads the Production class.


In the 2WD Aleks Humar leads the pack, while Prodan and Bessenyey trail him down in 2nd and 3rd.

Ladies Trophy, Molly Taylor crashes in SS6 and loses more than 2 min: before SS7 she is only 2 sec clear of her rival Stratieva albeit with damaged car.

Another set of three stages for tomorrow, which will be run twice in the noon-loop, and a final SSS will decide who will take the shiny trophies home. Jan Kopecky will also take the ERC title if he finishes the rally in his current form.

Overall Top 5 results are as below for now!

Pos         No          Driver
Time             Diff
Prev
     Diff
     1st
1.1J. KOPECKY
1:11:32.5 0.0  0.0
2.4A. AIGNER
1:12:25.4+52.9+52.9
3.9H. GASSNER JR
1:12:30.6+5.2    +58.1
4.2P. TSJOEN
1:13:48.6+1:18.0+2:16.1
5.5J. SEBALJ
1:14:00.5+11.9+2:28.0
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FIA Announces 2014 Calendar - WRC & others

A few minutes ago, FIA formally announced the calendar for the upcoming 2014 season. Check the excerpts of it below, as applicable for WRC series.

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP AND RALLYING
The 2014 FIA World Rally Championship calendar is confirmed as follows:

19 January - Rallye Monte Carlo
09 February - Rally Sweden
09 March - Rally Mexico
06 April - Rally de Portugal
11 May - Rally Argentina
01 June - Rally d'Italia
29 June - Rally Poland (multi-country event)
03 August - Rally Finland
24 August - Rallye Deutschland
14 September - Rally Australia
05 October - Rallye de France
26 October - Rally de España
16 November - Rally of Great Britain

Note: The finish date given is the Sunday of the rally weekend. Itineraries are however subject to final confirmation by event organisers.

It is clarified that the hand-cutting of tyres is forbidden in the events of the FIA European Rally Cup, as well as the FIA European Rally Championship.

The 2014 FIA European Rally Championship calendar will be proposed to the WMSC at a later date.

Note that Acropolis Rally of Greece has been replaced with Rally Poland. FIA news release link.
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'Molly Talyor' determined to fight to claim her first 'ERC Ladies Title'

MOLLY TAYLOR IN CROATIA RALLY TO  STRENGTHEN THE FIRST PLACE IN THE 2013 EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP LADIES' TROPHY

Molly Taylor prepares to tackle, at the wheel of the Citroen DS3 R3 with the United Business livery, the tenth round of the European Championship, the difficult but fascinating and prestigious 40th Croatia Rally to be held in Porec from Thursday, September 26th to Saturday 28th , and will include 14 special stages for 239.12 timed km and a total length of 653.93 km.

This will be an important and decisive event for the strong Australian lady driver, codriven by Seb Marshall, who once again faces a rally completely new to her; as well as targeting the best position in the standings, she aims to strengthen the first position in the 2013 European Rally Championship Ladies' Trophy .

In this race the crew of United Business has a good chance of obtaining a positive result also thanks to the excellent and judicious performance at Rally Poland, an event held in difficult conditions.

“Molly is having a great season this year , and has tackled all the races with great determination and professionalism - said Pier Liberali, United Business Team Principal  - she is fast in every situation and thanks to intelligent race management she is competitive and concrete in all the rallies. She accepts the challenge and loves to compete in rallyes completely new to her enhanced by the fight against other international drivers. The goal of United Business in Croatia is to increase the lead in the Ladies' Trophy , even though we know it will be a difficult race. We are logically confident that Molly can win the European Rally Championship Ladies' Trophy, this is our goal, to reach it would certainly be rewarding for the team, the crew and for our company which has accompanied Molly's career in these two years”.

This year the 40th Croatia Rally will see the participation of 98 cars with crews from 19 countries and will benefit from a great television coverage through Eurosport.

“Despite having never competed in Croatia Rally I feel it a little like  my home event, because United Business is the promoter of this rally - said Molly Taylor - clearly I want to do well because my manager Pier Liberali has always told me enthusiastically about this rally, I can't wait to be there, we will not leave anything to chance and on this occasion too we have  planned a pre-event test session. Poland was a tough race, and despite having obtained a positive result I could not push as hard as I wanted, getting to the finish of the rally was the main goal , especially in light of the difficult weather conditions which made the special stages very tricky, in Croatia I hope to race with more freedom of action and to be able to push on the throttle as I wish”.

The rally will begin on Thursday, September 26th with the opening ceremony in Porec, followed by the first special stage in the city centre. Friday, September 27th will comprise six stages and the rally will end on Saturday October 28th in Porec at 17.30 after the last seven stages. After the finish there will be the Winner Party, the big celebration at the end of the rally.
 

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