ERC, Acropolis Rally | Ralfs Sirmacis Leads After Leg One

Young Latvian driver Ralfs Sirmacis leads after completion of six special stages on leg one of SEAJETS Acropolis Rally, third round of FIA ERC. On his debut with the R5 Fabia, he drove with some serious pace to trouble the top drivers. As Kajetan Kajetanowicz crashed in the very first stage, Sirmacis capitalised on that and took the lead. But his lead was trimmed to just eight seconds after the final stage of the day. Alexey Lukyanuk is second overall and Jaromir Tarabus is in third overall.


Leg one consisted of six special stages. Kajetan Kajetanowicz day began with a crash on the very first stage. He rolled his Fiesta R5. Ralfs Sirmacis went quickest on the stage and took the lead. On special stage two Kajetanowicz came back hard to win the stage, but it was too late as he had lost bulk of the time during his roll. Sirmacis was second fastest and kept his lead intact. Third stage was won by Alexey Lukyanuk, but he received a 10 seconds time penalty for jump start. He was 27.2 seconds behind Sirmacis before heading to mid day service. 

In the afternoon loop, Kajetanowicz won two more stages and final stage went to Alexey Lukyanuk. It was a muddy final stage and drivers struggled with the tyres. But Lukyanuk had preserved his tyres and won the stage and trimmed the lead to just 8 seconds. Sirmacis set some impressive times to keep his lead all day long. But in the final test he was fourth fastest and lost much more time. Jaromir Tarabus is third overall in his Fabia R5. Local star Lambros Athanassoulas is in fourth overall, he was in third for most of the day but lost time in the final test. Raul Jeets rounded off the top five. David Botka had a tough day in the office as he suffered fuel pump issues and had to retire. 



In ERC 2 class Polish driver Wojciech Chuchała holds the lead by 28.7 seonds in his Subaru Impreza. Peter Ranga and Tibor Erdi are in second and third repectively. Murat Bostanci leads ERC 3 in his Firsta R2T.

                                    


                                       Overall After Leg One

Pos.No.
Driver / Co-driver
Vehicle
Pos.SS time
Penalty
Total timeDiff.Leader
Diff.Prev.
111
LVA

1
Sirmacis Ralfs / Šimins Arturs 
Škoda Fabia R5 
RC2
1
01:23:29.401:23:29.400:00:00.0
00:00:00.0
22
RUS

2
Lukyanuk Alexey / Kapustin Roman 
Ford Fiesta R5 
RC2
2
01:23:27.4
00:00:10.0
01:23:37.400:00:08.0
00:00:08.0
33
CZE

3
Tarabus J. / Trunkát Daniel 
Škoda Fabia R5 
RC2
3
01:24:14.9
00:00:10.0
01:24:24.900:00:55.5
00:00:47.5
49
GRC

4
Athanassoulas L. / Panagiotounis E. 
Škoda Fabia R5 
RC2
4
01:24:34.4
00:00:10.0
01:24:44.400:01:15.0
00:00:19.5
56
EST

5
Jeets Raul / Toom Andrus 
Škoda Fabia R5 
RC2
5
01:25:40.801:25:40.800:02:11.4
00:00:56.4
610
POL

6
Kołtun J. / Pleskot I. 
Ford Fiesta R5 
RC2
6
01:25:42.801:25:42.800:02:13.4
00:00:02.0
717
POL

7
Chuchała W. / Dymurski Daniel 
Subaru Impreza STI 
RC2
7
01:27:15.601:27:15.600:03:46.2
00:01:32.8
818
HUN

8
Ranga Péter / Bán Viktor 
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 
RC2
8
01:27:44.301:27:44.300:04:14.9
00:00:28.7
98
POL

10
Kasperczyk T. / Syty Damian 
Ford Fiesta R5 
RC2
9
01:28:17.001:28:17.000:04:47.6
00:00:32.7
1027
CYP

11
Panteli Petros / Constantinou C. 
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 
RC2
10
01:28:23.701:28:23.700:04:54.3
00:00:06.7

Tomorrow crews have to tackle six more stages. Will the rookie emerge on top or the veterans bite back hard. Lets see it for tomorrow. You can get all updates on the world of rally by subscribing to us. Until then, Happy Rallying! 
   
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ERC, Acropolis Rally | Kajetan Kajetanowicz Tops Qualifying Stage

Third round of FIA ERC and first gravel rally of the season,  SEAJETS Acropolis Rally kicked off today with the running of short qualifying stage. Championship leader  Kajetan Kajetanowicz topped the time sheets and will be first to choose the road position for tomorrows stages.


Qualifying stage was a short sprint of 3.7 kilometer near service park in Lamia.  It was the first competitive gravel stage of the season. And Kajetanowicz with the time 2m19.938s was the quickest. Alexey Lukyanuk was just 0.095 sec behind Pole and was second fastest. Third fastest time was set by 21 year old Latvian driver, last year ERC Junior runner-up Ralfs Sirmacis. In his debut with the Skoda Fabia R5 car, he was just 1.732 seconds slower then top runners. Jaromir Tarabus was fourth in his Fabia R5 and Wojciech Chuchała in his ERC 2 Subaru Impreza STI was fifth. David Botka was lowly in 11th as he suffered lack of power from his DS3 R5.

Later in the day, drivers had to choose their road position for tomorrows stages. As expected  Kajetanowicz choose to be last on the road, thats 15th car, to avoid road sweeping. Lukyanuk choose to be 10th car on the road. While Ralfs Sirmacis picked 11th place. Jaromir Tarabus and Wojciech Chuchała choose 14th and 12th respectively. David Botka who faced power issues in qualifying stage will open the road, although he had top five positions to choose from. So he will be doing the bulk of road sweeping. 

There will be some hot and dusty action from Acropolis, this weekend. Stay tuned to our page to get all updates from the rally. Until then, Happy Rallying!
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BRC, Pirelli Carlisle Rally | Fredrik Ahlin Takes Victory And Championship Lead

Fredrik Ahlin won Pirelli Carlisle Rally, third round of MSA British Rally Championship. That makes it three different winners of first three rounds. Ahlin also becomes the first Swedish driver since 1995 to win a rally in Britain's premier rally series. With the win he also takes the lead in championship, with drivers playing their 'Joker' cards he doubled his points and leads Elfyn Evans by five points. Matthew Wilson after eleven years came back to BRC and took second overall and Elfyn Evans, due to puncture on day one had to settle for third.


Day one had four special stages to be negotiated by the drivers. On first stage pace was so fast that all top four driver clocked identical times. By midday service Elfyn Evans was leading by 7.2 seconds. But third stage 'Roughside' was really rough for Evans, as he suffered puncture and dropped like a stone from the leader board. This promoted Ahlin to first place, Last stage was similar to the first one, as six drivers posted identical times. Ahlin kept his lead intact at the end of day one. David Bogie was 7.3 second behind Ahlin. Matthew Wilson in his come back event, was third overall.

There were only three stages on day two for the drivers to complete the rally. The conditions where tough, it was raining and surface became slippery. But Elfyn Evans was determined to make it to podium. He won all three stages and climbed back to finish the rally third overall. Ahlin managed to keep the chasing pack at bay and won comfortably by 27.6 seconds. Matthew Wilson came runner up on his return to BRC. Elfyn Evans rounded off the podium finishers. David Bogie pushed hard and ended up parking his car on the ditch. Which promoted Wilson to second. BRC 2 victory went to Matt Edwards, Chris Wheeler took BRC 3 honours.

Final Classification
Fredrik Ahlin (SWE)/Morten Abrahamsen (NOR) Ford Fiesta R5
Matthew Wilson (GBR)/Stuart Loudon (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 + 27.6
Elfyn Evans (GBR)/Craig Parry (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 +30.4
Tom Cave (GBR)/James Morgan (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 +53.4
Martin McCormack (GBR)/David Moynihan(IRL) Skoda Fabia S2000 +1:23.4
Jonathan Greer (GBR)/Kirsty Riddick (GBR) Citroen DS3 R5 +1:54.6
Desi Henry (IRL)/Liam Moynihan (IRL) Skoda Fabia R5 +3:17.0
Neil Simpson(GBR)/Elliott Edmondson (GBR) Skoda Fabia R5 +3:20.7
Jamie Anderson (GBR)/Ross Whittock (GBR) Ford Fiesta R5 +3:32.6
Max Vatanen (FIN)/Jacques-Julien Renucci (FRA) Ford Fiesta R5 +3:47.2

Stay tuned for further news from the world of rally. Until then Happy Rallying!





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Wockhardt Hospitals announced as the medical partner for Force Gurkha RFC India 2016



New Delhi, April 26, 2016: Cougar Motorsport Pvt. Ltd., the organizers of the Force Gurkha RFC India, have announced Wockhardt Hospitals as the medical partner for the third edition of India’s toughest off-road motorsport event. This is the second consecutive year that Cuncolim-based NUSI Wockhardt Super Speciality Hospital will be joining forces with the organizers to ensure that proper medical facilities are in place throughout Force Gurkha RFC India 2016 that will be held in Goa from 22nd July to 29th July.

Force Gurkha RFC India is the India Chapter of the iconic Rainforest Challenge of Malaysia, which is counted among the top 10 toughest motor races in the world and has 25 editions worldwide. The event comprises of around 24 tasks, or Special Stages, in which the competing teams’ driving and vehicle recovery skills are tested under extreme off-road conditions. The levels of difficulty keep increasing as the challenge progresses. Therefore, it is imperative to have a competent partner to ensure adequate medical care for all the participants, including competitors, organizers and touring adventurers.

NUSI Wockhardt Super Sociality Hospital, which is a leading and preferred healthcare provider in Goa, handled the crucial task of providing medical assistance to the participants in the 2015 edition of the event in an extremely competent manner. Therefore, they have been selected as the medical partner for Force Gurkha RFC India 2016 as well. Apart from deploying a specialized medical team at the challenge locations, the hospital will provide a fully-equipped ambulance throughout the event in order to deal with medical contingencies.
 
Cougar Motorsport’s Founder & Director Mr. Ashish Gupta said, “On the first day of the event, we have a tough round of vehicle scrutiny to ensure that the vehicles meet all the requirements, including the safety mandates, of the competition. Moreover, we undertake safety measures throughout the event to ensure the well-being of the participants. But RFC India is a very challenging off-road motorsport event wherein each stage has its own complexity and keeps the competitors constantly on their toes. Last year, we were highly impressed with the utmost support that we received from NUSI Wockhardt Hospital. Their team ensured that even the smallest of medical issues were given prompt attention. I am happy that they have agreed to be our medical partner this year as well because I am confident that their highly competent team will easily manage any medical situation that may arise.”
 
Force Gurkha RFC India was launched in 2014 as India’s first international off-road motorsport event  where the competing teams have to undergo a series of challenges over 8 days and the team with the maximum points at the end of all the tasks emerges as the winner. The event attracts attention of off-roaders and motorsport enthusiasts from across the country with competition entries coming from individuals, prominent off-road clubs and automobile manufacturers. This year, around 25 teams are expected to take part in the competition and the top Indian competitor of the event will be given an automatic free entry to the mother event which will be held in Malaysia at the end of the year.
 
Mr. Vinod Sawantwadkar, Center Head, NUSI Wockhardt Super Speciality Hospital, said, “Wockhardt Hospitals is a well-established healthcare service provider, having a strong hold in the western parts of the country. With NABH accreditation, world-class infrastructure and healthcare services falling under the framework of international standards, Wockhardt Hospitals have always tried to uplift the quality of lives of their patients and valued them above all. It is an honor for us to be a part of such an extraordinary event and our specialized medical team at RFC India 2016 will handle the medical problems at the off-road event as quickly and effectively as possible, just like last year.”
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International Rally Of Whangarei | Gaurav Gill Wins Close Battle

Gaurav Gill came on top after a close fight with his team mate till the very end to win International Rally Of Whangarei, first round of APRC. Fabien Kreim gave Gaurav Gill run for his money, as the duo were neck in neck with stage times. Finally experience of Gill showed evident as he won comfortably by over 30 seconds. Fabien Kreim had to settle for second, impressive result as it was his first gravel outing. Michael Young took third as he won strings of stages today and was very happy to finish in podium after his opening day problems.


Gaurav Gill was 4 seconds behind Kreim as he started leg three. But he pushed hard to catch up his team mate and eventually won by a comfortable margin. Happy with his victory Gill said, "It’s a great result for me and for the team. We like this rally and it always teaches you a lot, and today we managed to push a bit harder and got the desired result. "Although I’m still learning the set up of the car and we haven’t quite found the perfect setup. We still had a few small issues but the team fixed them quickly which was great. And of course driving this car wasn’t very easy to start with because I haven’t driven at all for seven months. It’s a big challenge but I wanted to make the most of it so we took it step by step."

Fabien Kreim was extremely happy to finish second as it was his first gravel rally. A very elated Kreim said, "This is great! Unbelievable! It is a really nice feeling and I think for the first time on gravel, I found a very good speed today. On the last stage it was raining a lot and very slippery on the tarmac section. But I really enjoy it. "The Skoda was very good. Many thanks to the team, Team MRF and Skoda Motorsport for the perfect car. It worked very well and I look forward to the next event."

Local star Michael Young put up a spectacular drive to take podium after his electrical issues on day one. Michael Young said, "I’m pretty happy with that [third place] after Friday night and the disappointment of a 14 minute penalty. I think we showed pace this weekend and we won quite a few stages outright in both the APRC and NZRC [New Zealand Rally Championship]." "Obviously the penalty was hard to swallow because we might have finished further up the podium but I know I’ve done my job and I’ve been driving quick all weekend. We will be back again to fight for another podium, and Australia is always a round I enjoy."

Sanjay Takale driving a Cusco Subaru Impreza faced furthur issues and was forced to retire this morning. Japanese driver Makoto Kawahara finished fourth in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII.

Final Classification


It was a close battle for victory. Next round of APRC takes us to Australia. Keep up with us by subscribing to our news. Until then Happy Rallying!
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