Heart vs. Brain' Decision for Molly Taylor - Rally Poland, ERC - 2013

Heart will always stay put in homeland, nevertheless whether you are discharging your duties at any part of the planet. The same is the situation for Molly Taylor, who will be driving in the ERC championship for 'Ladies title' this season, hence missing her home event of the WRC which incidentally happen on same dates on opposite sides of the planet.

An official statement released explains the same below, read-on.


Change of programme for Molly Taylor, who earlier in the season had planned to contest in Rally Australia, and who will instead take part in Rally Poland, ninth round of the European Rally Championship.

This choice was made within United Business both to defend the first position reached in the  European Ladies' Trophy and to increase the wealth of experience of the strong Australian lady driver.

Molly Taylor e Seb Marshall in Barum Rally Zlin were safely in front of the other female crews, a result they reached at the end of a smooth performance with an eye on the championship standings. For the United Business crew the next step will be the challenging 70° Rally Poland, a gravel event held in Mikolajki from 13th to 15th of September and which Molly Taylor will tackle with the DS3 R3, a car with which she has already contested 5 rounds of the 2013 European Championship. This year's Rally Poland is expected like never before by fans and this is due to the fact that Robert Kubica will enter and the expectations of Polish fans are huge. “I am happy to be able to race in Poland because first of all it is an opportunity to increase my experience and because the race, I am told, is really fascinating; besides the challenging opponents, the fans make every moment of the rally very special - said Molly Taylor - on the other hand I am so sorry not to be in Rally Australia, it is my home event, my heart feeling was to be there but, after a careful analysis with my manager Pier Liberali and my co-driver Seb Marshall , we decided to give up Australia and to be in Poland. The logical goals of the European Championship ranking prevailed on the sentimental side, I will  once again face a completely new rally, I am not afraid, Seb and I will try to give it our best as always”.

Pier Liberali patron of United Business said ”I have been thinking about this programme change for a while, and when I explained the reasons both Molly Seb with great professionalism understood and shared them; I had no doubts, they are proving two great professionals. Having done less rallies than her opponents and also because of two unlucky events, until now I had to ask Molly to limit by much her desire to go flat out, looking to the Trophy at this stage it was essential to be at the finish of the races, she did it three times and has always beaten her rivals with relative ease, now that the leadership in the Female Trophy has been reached I think it is fair that in Rally Poland our crew has the go-ahead to fulfill their desire to attack. Both in Sibiu and in Zlin I saw in the eyes of Molly and Seb some frustration, it is never nice to ask a driver to go slowly and finish the race, but I had to do so and with great professionalism they listened to my recommendations . In Poland they will run as they deem it best and I am hopeful that this year's races have taught them to manage a rally at the best. I always say that to win trophies and championships you have to get to the end of each rally”.

The Rally of Poland in 2013 will offer live television show, thanks to the agreement between the promoter of the European Championship, Eurosport, and the LOTOS oil group sponsor of the event, as well as of Robert Kubica's programme comprising ERC and WRC and which means that four of the special stages will be broadcast "live": the two runs through the 19.14 km Mragowo stage and the two on the 23.77 km Mateuszek stage, which will also be the closing stage of the event.
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The world’s leading automotive enthusiast magazine to hit Indian newsstands in the last week of September

Evo, the world’s leading automotive enthusiast magazine is all set to make a splash in India. Launched in the UK in 1998, Evo currently publishes 16 editions worldwide.

To be christened ‘Evo India’, the prime endeavour of the magazine will be to bring to its readers the thrill of driving – and riding as well. From affordable hatchbacks to 300kmph supercars, and from single-cylinder sports bikes to screaming superbikes, Evo India will aim to put the reader firmly behind the wheel and in the saddle, to celebrate the motoring experience.

An unwavering focus on driving/riding reviews and adventure, up-to-date news, opinion, technology, guides and group tests are what have elevated Evo to its status as the world’s leading enthusiast motoring brand. And Evo India will continue to emulate those high editorial standards.

The Indian edition of Evo will stand out from other automotive magazines, by being more lavish in its photography, design and content with some of the best writers in the world – and India! – penning evoca- tive driving and riding adventures. The experienced editorial team will add in-depth and analytical reports; incisive and perceptive interviews with auto designers and engineers; and deliver technology, industry, market and motorsport insights.

Given its focus, Evo readership has more of a penchant for the finer things in life, marked by quality, preci- sion and state-of-the-art engineering, in keeping with a luxury lifestyle. Pioneering, premium, snazzy and savvy, Evo India aims to set the pace in this country as well.

“We will endeavour to give the Indian automotive enthusiast a one-of-a-kind thrilling automotive experi- ence that keeps him - and her! - coming back for more,” says Rohan Pawar, Publisher of evo India.

Unveiled at an exclusive event was the collector’s edition cover of the launch issue with India’s first 300kmph test. For the cover story Evo India assembled six of the most desirable and exotic supercars available in India at the Buddh International Circuit for a one-of-a-kind test of machines capable of 300kmph – a story no automotive enthusiast can afford to miss.

“To live up to Evo’s ‘The Thrill of Driving’ credo will be as much as a challenge as it promises to be an adventure,” says Evo India Editor Sirish Chandran, who has over 13 years of experience editing India’s premier auto magazine and presenting an acclaimed auto show on a leading television channel. He adds: “Evo India will be a magazine for automotive enthusiasts by automotive enthusiasts and we will drive harder, faster and more sideways to plant the widest smile on our reader’s faces. We’ve already smashed the hallowed 300kmph mark with our launch issue – and that is only the start!”

To bring its readers ‘The Thrill of Driving’ Evo India has announced a special subscription offer wherein ten seats on the Mercedes-Benz AMG Driving Academy at the Buddh International Circuit are up for grabs. Evo subscribers will enjoy a full-day high-performance driver training course behind the wheel of cars like the SLS AMG supercar, E63 AMG and C63 AMG and instructed by AMG-certified trainers. Additionally 30 seats on the Star Off-Road Experience are on offer where Evo subscribers will be able to pilot the new ML-Class and GL-Class SUVs on an off–road track at the Mercedes-Benz India plant in Pune along with a VIP tour of the manufacturing facility.

“Butts on seats! We want our readers to experience ‘The Thrill of Driving’ and what better way to do it than driving an SLS AMG flat-out at the home of the Indian Grand Prix or maneuvering a GL-Class on a hard- core off-road course?”, adds Chandran.

Evo India will be launched by Pune-based Golden Sparrow Media Works Private Limited. The inaugural issue is slated to hit Indian newsstands by the last week of September and will be priced at Rs100.

The print edition will be bolstered by a strong web presence on www.evo.in and social media activation. The Facebook page EvoIndiaMag is already live and so is the twitter handle EvoIndiaMag. Subscription hotlines are open and readers can SMS EVO to 56070 or log on to www.evo.in.

For more information:
Golden Sparrow Media Works Pranali Godble pranali@evo.in +91-9764004273
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Roman Kresta drives his final Rally @ Barum Rally, Zlin | ERC - 2013

As Roman Kresta had announced at the beginning of the rally, about his retirement from driving which came after claiming four stage wins and a fifth place at the last day on Barum Czech Rally Zlín, last weekend.

The three-time winner of the FIA European Rally Championship, Kresta had achieved considerable success in the motorsport career spanning two decades. He pulled the plug-off the driving career, to better manage his rally team and car preparation business, Kresta Racing.

"The plan before the season started was to stop after Barum,"said the 37-year-old. "I do it a long time as a rally driver and now there is so much effort needed. At the moment I am not really a rally driver, I am a manager around everything with my team. It’s life, I’ve had a good career, driving for Ford in the WRC, winning this rally three times, things like that. There is a lot of emotion and I might come back one day for some rallies in the future but now is the right time to stop."

Roman Kresta, who enjoyed a season as a factory Ford driver in the world championship in 2005, and had finished 8th on the championship with a best finishes at 5th twice. Here in Barum Rally, he was on course for third place in Zlín if not for a puncture on Sunday’s second stage to drop him to fifth overall. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Czech when his driver Jaromír Tarabus took the final spot on the podium in a similar ŠKODA Fabia Super 2000. He was definitely not happy after loosing his podium spot, when he slipped to fifth but was aware what rallying is all about!

At RalliHeart, wishing Roman Kresta a bright and successful future!
[source: fiaerc.com]
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Jan Kopecky winning his home event, 5th time and with a hat-trick in this season has put him high up in the championship with a wider gap of 109 points. Jaroslav Orsák took the production class win, while Molly Taylor finished atop in Ladies class.

Rally Poland is the next in the series, next weekend to round it up to 9th event in ERC.

Last weekend also showcased one of the most anticipated European RallyCross event on the shared dates. Petter Solberg was joined along with the Legendary Frenchman Sebastien Loeb & it turned out to the Norwegian had better results and finished second on the podium at the end.

In the news is the 10th round of this season, which is opening up its full frills and promising to be a grandeur event. Do check out their official web-site at www.rallycroatia.com/. Also the entries are still open till 6th of September. Any late takers? Check their official release below.

The countdown is already started less than two months before the Croatia Rally 2013, tenth round of the European Rally Championship, scheduled in Poreč for 26th to 28th of September.

Rally organized by CCKF (Croatian Car & Karting Federation ) will comprise
fourteen special stages split in two legs for a total of 239,12 kilometres.

After the publication of the Supplementary Regulations, subscriptions have already been opened and there are two entry deadlines:
For those who want to take advantage of the reduced rate the deadline is set on 26th of August 2013, those who want to enroll after this date will have to pay different entry fee and the deadline is set on the 6th September 2013.

Entry requests must be made using the specific form and sent to the Rally's Secretariat together with the entry fee payment receipt by e-mail to entry@rallycroatia2013.com and by insured mail or courier, by Friday of 6th September 2013 h 24.00.  The original entry form and entry fee payment receipt must be received by the Organizers within seven days (i.e. by Friday 13th September 2013).

Entry requests will not be accepted without payment receipt. The entry requests without payment receipt will be considered invalid and the Organizer will not notify the Entrant. 
All competitors who pay the accommodation for themselves and their team in Zelena Laguna in Poreč through the agency SPEKTAR PUTOVANJA d.o.o. in Zagreb (alma@spektar-holidays.hr ; tel: 00385 98 9829-922) are entitled to 20% discount when paying entry fee.
In order for discount to be realized it is necessary to attach the copy of payment for accommodation booking when paying entry fee.

The Special attraction of this rally, an extra-ordinary Super Special Stage has been planned - Poreč SSS will be held in the center of Poreč, 50 meters far from Service Park and 200 meters far from the podium and will be an extremely exciting and spectacular duel for which the organisers expect to attract thousands of fans.
Surely, it is going to be one rally that has been anticipated from quite some time! All the best United Business, good going!!
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