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Rajd Rzeszow (Poland) (J) - 4-5 Aug 17

Posted: July 20, 2017 5:38 AM - 483 Hits

Round 5 - 2017 European Rally Championship (ERC)
J - Counting Round of ERC Junior Championship

TOYOTA BACK TO ERC WITH TRIPLE CHAMPION ROSSETTI

Posted: July 20, 2017 5:38 AM

TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH will use the FIA European Rally Championship to showcase its uprated GT86 CS-R3 to potential customers.

Luca Rossetti, winner of the coveted ERC title three times, is entered on Rally Rzeszow in Poland from 3-5 August when he will be a contender for ERC3 class honours in his TMG-run car.

And there will be a second GT86 CS-R3 in action on the asphalt event with rising star Luca Botarrelli competing in a Motorsport Italia-run entry with backing from the Italian motorsport federation’s ACI Team Italia junior driver initiative.

Co-driven by fellow Italian Eleanora Mori, Rossetti will build on the development work he carried out during a class-winning outing on the Transilvania Rally in Romania earlier this year, sampling an upgraded engine featuring improved torque, modified gear ratios, a new Milltek Sport exhaust system and reduced weight.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said:
“We are very pleased to welcome TOYOTA Motorsport GmbH back to the European Rally Championship. With a strong potential customer base, high-level competition and excellent media coverage, the ERC provides a number of benefits to manufacturers showcasing their products and services. And given his achievements in rallying, it’s great that the young drivers competing in ERC3 can prove their talent against a very established and successful driver in Luca Rossetti, whose vast achievements in the ERC means he needs no introduction.”

Emanuele Battisti, Customer Motorsport Project Leader at TMG, said:
“It’s great to see two GT86 CS-R3 cars competing in Rally Rzeszow and it’s particularly satisfying that the new ACI Team Italia project will use a CS-R3 to promote young talent. We wish ACI Team Italia and Motorsport Italia all the best with this new programme. After winning our class on the Transilvania Rally earlier this year, clearly we expect to be a frontrunner again with our updated car.”

Rally Rzeszow takes place on narrow, winding asphalt roads in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in southeast Poland with steep climbs and tricky descents commonplace.

A regular on the Polish and Slovakian national championship calendars, Rally Rzeszow joined the ERC roster in 2016. Eleven stages over 214.63 competitive kilometres, including a city-centre test in rally hub Rzeszów, provide the challenge for crews.

OSTBERG BRACED FOR "HIGH-LEVEL" COMPETITION ON ERC RETURN

Posted: July 19, 2017 6:17 AM

Emerging prospects from the FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship will get the chance to prove their talent against a World Rally Championship event-winning driver when Mads Ostberg contests Rally Rzeszow in Poland next month (3-5 August).

Ostberg, a frontrunner in the WRC, has entered round five of the eight-event all-action European Rally Championship, which takes place entirely on Tarmac and will serve as ideal preparation for Ostberg's upcoming sealed-surface world rallies in Germany and Spain.

The Norwegian, 29, will drive a Ford Fiesta R5 for his own team, Adapta Motorsport, and is braced for "high-level" competition against several established stars, plus a number of bright hopes from ERC Junior 28 for drivers in R5 cars born on or after 1 January 1989.

"I'm a big fan of the ERC," said Ostberg. "You need a good platform to big-up talent and the ERC is good for this. The events are good lengths but not too long for the budgets. The TV and PR around the championship is also really good so it's ideal for young talent. With fast and experienced drivers like Kajetan Kajetanowicz I'm not expecting it to be easy. And although I don't know much about the drivers in ERC Junior Under 28, I know their level is very high. I'm going into their field but I will do that with respect. I'm prepared to fight."

Ostberg's participation on Rally Rzeszow follows on from his stage-winning appearance on the ERC-counting Rally Islas Canarias in 2016. It will mark his first competitive outing with co-driver Patrik Barth, 25, from Sweden, who will also partner Ostberg on the world championship ADAC Rallye Deutschland. "Coming directly from Rally Finland there will be no time to do a test," Ostberg explained. "It will be a new car, a new rally and a new co-driver but it's good to try some different options heading into the part of the season where there is quite a bit on Tarmac."

Rally Rzeszow takes place on narrow, winding asphalt roads in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in southeast Poland with steep climbs and tricky descents commonplace. A regular on the Polish and Slovakian national championship calendars, Rally Rzeszow joined the ERC roster in 2016. Eleven stages over 214.63 competitive kilometres, including a city-centre test in rally hub Rzeszów, provide the challenge for crews. Meanwhile, after two events Marijan Griebel (BRR SKODA Fabia) heads the ERC Junior U28 standings, three points ahead of Peugeot Rally Academy member and Carlos Sainz protege Pepe Lopez. The eventual champion gets to drive a World Rally Car on a European round of the world championship.

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Posted: June 20, 2017 6:33 AM

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