A Fantastico Victory For Kris Meeke In Portugal

Kris Meeke has done it in style! After missing last round he came back strong to win Rally Portugal by over 29 seconds. He took the lead from second stage and never looked back. Taking the benefit of his road position, he cruised to victory without any issues. Andreas Mikkelsen finished second surpassing Sebastien Ogier on final day. Ogier finished in third as he was doing the much of road sweeping throughout the rally.



Rally commenced with the short super special stage. Ogier made the perfect start by taking the early lead. Day one comprised of eight special stages. Kris Meeke made the better start by winning two stages in the opening loop and stretching his lead to 11.5 seconds to Ogier at midday service. Further he won three stages in a row and now was in a commanding position. By this time lead had grown to 31.9 seconds at the end of day one. Ogier did his best to keep up with Meeke, as he was cleaning the road. Dani Sordo was third just 5.4 seconds behind Ogier. But there was lot of incidents in the background. Argentina winner Hayden Paddon crashed out and his i20 was in flames. Ott Tanak too went off and his Fiesta was also on fire, but he managed to save the car from serious damage with the help of the spectators near to the crash site. Thierry Neuville retired due to lack of fuel. Henning Solberg too had an incident and had to cope with fire on his Fiesta. Altogether it was a fierce battle over the stages at Rally de Portugal!


Leg two, drivers had to tackle six stages. Kris Meeke continued his consistent pace and won all three stages in the morning loop. His lead was now over a minute going to midday service. Andreas Mikkelsen made it to third overtaking Dani Sordo, while Mikkelsen won two stages in the repeated loop and kept the pressure on with a thin gap of 3.1 seconds to Ogier, who was in third. Meeke's lead was trimmed down to 45.3 seconds, however a considerable gap for the final day..

Final day saw drivers complete four more stages. Kris Meeke kept his cool throughout the day with any dramas and won the rally by 29.7 seconds. But Mikkelsen was in no mood to ease off. He won two stages and finished in runner up spot. Sebastien Ogier finished third. He won the power stage too. Dani Sordo was in fourth flying the Hyundai flag. M-Sport driver Eric Cmailli had his best rally and finished fifth. Jari-Matti Latvala recovered well from his power steering issue to finish sixth. Mads Ostberg was in seventh after suffering mechanical issues through the rally. Martin Prokop rounded off with the top eight WRC finishers.


WRC 2 victory went to Pontus Tidemand, where he won by over a minute over Nicolas Fuchs, finishing in 9th and 10th overall after the top cars falling out of the rally. Simone Tempestini took WRC 3 honours.  






                       
                                                 Final Classification


That was some exciting rally action from Portugal. That's for now, for more news subscribe at the bottom of the page. Till next time, Happy Rallying!
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FMSCI releases INRC/IRC and INTSDRC 2016 Season Calendar


The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) is pleased to announce the calendar of the 2016 FMSCI-Indian National Rally Championship (INRC), FMSCI-Indian Rally Championship (IRC) and the FMSCI-Indian National TSD Rally Championship (INTSDRC).


The INRC/IRC will comprise of five rounds, starting with the Coimbatore event (Gravel Stages) on July 23 and 24 and will run until December. Other rounds will be held in Nashik (Aug 20-21, Tarmac), Noida (Sept 17-18, Tarmac), Bengaluru (Nov 26-27, Gravel) and Chikmagalur (Dec 9-11, Gravel).

The Chikmagalur round is also running as the last round of the prestigious FIA-Asia Pacific Rally Championship, and is expected to attract more foreign entries.


The INRC/IRC season is looking exciting with five rounds and concluding with Chikmagalur as a round of the APRC,” Rallycom Chairman Ashwin Pandit said. “We are expecting a good grid for both INRC and IRC championships,” he added.

The INRC will have three categories with a possibility of a fourth. “The Overall category in the INRC will allow SUVs and R2 cars. The other categories are the up to 2000cc and the FMSCI Cup,” Pandit said.

There is a bright possibility of having a Gypsy Cup as a standalone event running alongside the five National championship rounds, given that a lot of Gypsy's participate in the cross country events, especially in Northern India. If we get a grid of over 10, we will run it,” he added.

Most of the INRC/IRC rounds except Chikmagalur may run for one day instead of two to give it a compact format for all and easy to follow,” Pandit added.

Meanwhile, the INTSDRC will comprise eight rounds between July and November, to be held across the country, starting with Jaipur on July 2. A separate Zone TSD Championship will be conducted alongside, exclusively for the local zone talents.

There is an exclusive zonal event in Nashik on July 16, and at the end of the INTSDRC and Zone Championships, there are also talks of adding a standalone promo event titled ‘Champion of Champions’, which if run, will take place pitting the first eight placed competitors of INTSDRC and the first five placed competitors of each zone.

Kolkata-based Ramakrishna Race Performance Management Pvt. Ltd. (RRPM) are the promoters for the INRC/IRC and INTSDRC. RRPM is an experienced motorsports management company having organised National events for the past 12 years. Director of RRPM, Ms. Tamosha Dutta, said, “These are exciting times for Indian Rallying and we look forward to working with the FMSCI in promoting Indian Rallying and showcasing it to the world.

The calendar:

The INRC is the premier National Rally Championship of the country, exclusively for Indian Nationals driving FMSCI homologated cars. The IRC, on the other hand, is an open category restricted to overseas drivers driving imported cars, Indian drivers driving imported cars, overseas drivers driving Indian cars, and with the opportunity for Indian drivers in Indian cars to compete in the class.

2016 FMSCI INRC/IRC: (Special Stage - format)

Round 1, Coimbatore, July 23-24
Round 2, Nashik, Aug 20-21
Round 3, Noida, Sept 17-18
Round 4, Bengaluru, Nov 26-27
Round 5, Chikmagalur, Dec 9-11

2016 FMSCI INTSDRC: (Time, Speed, Distance - format)


North Zone:
Round 1, Jaipur, July 2 (Also to run two zonal events)
East Zone:
Round 2, Durgapur, July 29
Round 3, Ranchi, Aug 13
Round 4, Haldia, Aug 27
South Zone:
Round 5, Bengaluru, Sept 10
Round 6, Hubli, Sept 24 (Also to run one zonal event)
West Zone:
Round 7, Pune, Nov 12
Round 8, Goa, Nov 19
Nashik to run one zonal event on July 16.


About FMSCI:

The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India is recognised by the Government of India as the only National Sports Federation (NSF) for the promotion and governance of motorsports in India, and is a long-standing member of the Federation Internationale de l' Automobile (FIA) and Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the international Federations for four-wheelers and two-wheelers respectively.

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CS Santosh Switches To Hero Motorsports Team Rally

Indian two wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp announced its entry into the motorsports arena, with the formation of Hero Motorsports Team Rally. They have signed up Indian rider CS Santosh who has made the switch from Suzuki. The other rider is Joquim Rodrigues from Portugal.


Hero has entered the cross country rally territory with the partnership of German off road racing team, Speedbrain GmbH. Indo-German squad will be using the upgraded version of Speedbrain 450 Rally. They will be competing in international events around the globe, before heading to Dakar 2017. The team will be lead by Wolfgang Fischer, Managing Director, Speedbrain. Team will be supervised by Dr. Markus Braunsperger, chief technology officer Hero MotoCorp.

CS Santosh is India's top off road rider. He has made it to Dakar twice, but this year he was unable to finish the event due to mechanical glitches in his Suzuki RMZ 450Z. After the announcement Santosh comented on the news in his Facebook page, "I knew that one day it would finally happen, that day is here," "So grateful to all the people who have been part of my journey and supported my aspirations. I am so grateful to be part of this world class factory team with Hero MotoCorp. "And having Mr Wolfgang Fischer as my mentor who I consider one of the best managers in the world! It's time to go to work and show up ready for Dakar Rally 2017".

Speaking after the announcement Pawan Munjal, MD Hero MotoCorp Ltd said, "In the recent past, we have rapidly expanded our global footprint and also made significant investments in enhancing our R&D capabilities." "Motorsport is a natural progression for us, as it will allow us to bring value-added products with top-of-the-line technology for our millions of customers." " This initiative is also reflective of our consistent support to sports and sportspersons. I welcome Santosh and Joaquim on board and wish them all the very best."

The new team will start their journey later this month, competing in Merzouga Rally as a part of Dakar series. Thats all for now, for more news do subscribe to us at the bottom of the page. Until then, Happy Rallying!



  
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ERC, Acropolis Rally | Ralfs Sirmacis Drives Flatout To Victory

Latvian driver, 21 year old Ralfs Sirmacis has won the SEAJETS Acropolis Rally, third round of FIA ERC. It was the first time he competed in a R5 spec machine, and managed to pull out a impressive win under his belt. In 2015 season, he was runner-up in ERC Junior class. He took the lead by winning the opening test and then he never looked back, as his rivals hit problems it was all his rally to lose. Greek star Lambros Athanassoulas finshed second, his best ERC result to date, but it came with the cost of some drama filled final stages. Jaromir Tarabus rounded off the podium finishers, as it was all Skoda Fabia R5 lockout.


Leg two saw drivers tackle six special stages, including mammoth 33.86 kilometer stage. Alexey Lukyanuk was leading Ralfs Sirmacis by just two seconds before the start of the day, as his penalty was taken back. But straight away Sirmacis was too fast for the likes of Lukyanuk and he pulled a manageable gap. But the worst was yet to come for Lukyanuk, in SS9, he damaged the suspension of his Fiesta R5 and dropped down the leader board. It was a simple task for Sirmacis, just cross the finish line, which he did and secured his maiden win in ERC. 

Local star Lambros Athanassoulas finished in second. His career best result. But before this he had his own story to tell. On the penultimate stage he had a comfortable gap of 35.6 seconds over Tarabus. But in the final stage he was stuck behind a slower car and was in tears at the finish line. Somehow he hold on to the second place by just one tenth of a second. But later he was given back the lost time. Jaromir Tarabus finished third. He was in a heated battle with Athanassoulas and finally had to settle for third. Estonian Raul Jeets was in fourth, making it a Skoda top four lockout. Wojciech Chuchała rounded off the top five finishers. Hard charging Kajetan Kajetanowicz managed to finish eight overall, after he rolled his Fiesta on the very first stage. He won five out of six stages on leg two


ERC 2 honors went to Pole Wojciech Chuchała, driving a Subaru Impreza. He made it three victories from three rounds. Murat Bostanci took victory in ERC 3 class. Piloting a Fiesta R2T, he won by over two minutes. Colin McRae ERC Flat Out Trophy went to the rally winner Ralfs Sirmacis for his flat out driver throughout the rally.

                                         Final Classification

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
02:53:12.502:53:12.500:00:00.0
00:00:00.0
29
GRC

2
Athanassoulas L. / Panagiotounis E. 
Škoda Fabia R5 
RC2
2
02:55:22.802:55:22.800:02:10.3
00:02:10.3
33
CZE

3
Tarabus J. / Trunkát Daniel 
Škoda Fabia R5 
RC2
3
02:55:54.902:55:54.900:02:42.4
00:00:32.1
46
EST

4
Jeets Raul / Toom Andrus 
Škoda Fabia R5 
RC2
4
02:58:54.402:58:54.400:05:41.9
00:02:59.5
517
POL

6
Chuchała W. / Dymurski Daniel 
Subaru Impreza STI 
RC2
5
03:01:32.403:01:32.400:08:19.9
00:02:38.0
610
POL

5
Kołtun J. / Pleskot I. 
Ford Fiesta R5 
RC2
6
03:01:23.6
00:01:00.0
03:02:23.600:09:11.1
00:00:51.2
78
POL

8
Kasperczyk T. / Syty Damian 
Ford Fiesta R5 
RC2
7
03:03:52.903:03:52.900:10:40.4
00:01:29.3
81
POL

9
Kajetanowicz K. / Baran Jarosław 
Ford Fiesta R5 
RC2
8
03:06:00.6
00:01:10.0
03:07:10.600:13:58.1
00:03:17.7
919
PRY

11
Jacquet Rios J. / Vargas Peña H. 
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 
RC2
9
03:13:22.103:13:22.100:20:09.6
00:06:11.5
102
RUS

12
Lukyanuk Alexey / Kapustin Roman 
Ford Fiesta R5 
RC2
10
03:13:18.0
00:00:10.0
03:13:28.000:20:15.5
00:00:05.9

It was some heated action from Acropolis, finally rookie managed to outrun the veterans. Thats all for now, for more news follow us by subscribing at the bottom of the page. Until then, Happy Rallying!
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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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