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Barum Czech Rally Zlin (J) - 25-27 Aug 17

Posted: August 25, 2017 7:41 AM - 1020 Hits

Round 6 - 2017 European Rally Championship (ERC)
J - Counting Round of ERC Junior Championship

Live Results (Czech Rally Zlin 2017) | Results by: rally-base results
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Event Website: Barum Rally Zlin (CZ)
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First stage each day - Times are Ireland/UK
Free Practice - Fri - 06:30
Qualifying - Fri - 08:15
SS1 - Fri - 20:30
SS2 - Sat - 08:46
SS10 - Sun - 07:38

ERC JUNIOR UNDER 28 PRE-BARUM CZECH RALLY ZLÍN QUOTES

Posted: August 24, 2017 4:41 AM

JAN ?ERNÝ (CZE) Championship position: Ninth
Co-driver: Petr ?ernohorský (CZE) Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5

“The previous rounds of the ERC have not been good for me so I’m hoping for a good result on my home rally. Since Poland I have done some tests and I have one more tomorrow so I’ve had lots of kilometres in the car and I’m feeling confident. We found a lot of mistakes with the pacenotes in Poland and we’ve worked on it since then so I know we can be much stronger. It also helps that I know this rally well having done it five or six times before.”

MARIJAN GRIEBEL (DEU) Championship position: First
Co-driver: Stefan Kopcyzk (DEU) Car: ŠKODA Fabia R5

“Going straight from Rallye Deutschland to Zlín is really good for the confidence because it’s always good to be competing, so for sure I’ll be in race mode and ready to fight. The result on Rallye Deutschland was disappointing for me. I was fifth at the end of the first day but then I got a puncture and went into a ditch on day two so my chances were over. Zlín will be similar to Deutschland in that there will be some strong competition and it will be tough with so many R5 cars and a lot of good drivers. But like the whole season, my focus will be on the ERC Junior Under 28 title. I’ve had three good results so far so my target will be to make it four good results in Czech Republic.”

PEPE LÓPEZ (ESP) Championship position: Second
Co-driver: Borja Rozada (ESP) Car: Peugeot 208 T16

“It wasn’t a good result in Poland, but the season isn’t over yet and we can still win the ERC Junior U28 Championship. We want to put what happened in Poland behind us and focus on keeping up our fight, beginning with the Barum Rally. We are sure, the learnings from Rzeszów will be really useful for Czech Republic as it will be a very fast Tarmac rally.”

JOSH MOFFETT (IRL) Championship position: Fourth
Co-driver: James Fulton (IRL) Car: Ford Fiesta R5

“It’s definitely going to be a difficult rally with so many R5 cars. Having not done the rally before I’m going to need to get stuck into it to really understand it. From speaking to several people who have done it before I’m told it’s a bit like the roads in Ireland, quite bumpy, so that should help along with the test we have scheduled tomorrow.”

JOSÉ SUÁREZ (ESP) Championship position: Sixth
Co-driver: Cándido Carrera (ESP) Car: Peugeot 208 T16

“We are very happy to have finished on the podium in Poland and to have scored another good result for Peugeot Sport. It was important for our confidence to show that we have the speed to challenge for the win. We are hoping for an even stronger run in Barum Rally. We've shown we are competitive and the car is reliable so now we have the perfect package to get a good result. I love speedy rallies, so I'm sure I'll enjoy Barum Rally a lot. I think tarmac is the field where I can perform better.”

PREVIEW: ERC BARUM CZECH RALLY ZLIN

Posted: August 24, 2017 4:34 AM

THIRTY-SEVEN R5 DRIVERS READY TO CZECH OUT ERC APPEAL IN ZLÍN

One of the biggest and best rallies on the international calendar has just got bigger and better with a record 37 R5 cars appearing on the entry list for Barum Czech Rally Zlín, next week’s sixth round of the all-action FIA European Rally Championship.

But as well as the outstanding entry, several young stars will take centre stage while chasing some seriously good career progression opportunities in the process.

The FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship is for drivers in R2 cars on Pirelli tyres with the champion receiving 100,000 euros for an ERC Junior Under 28 Championship assault in 2018 when they step up to R5 machinery. Meanwhile, the 2017 ERC Junior U28 champion gets a prize drive on a European round of the world championship in a World Rally Car next season. And there’s more with the ERC Junior Experience training programme continuing in Zlín as drivers gather essential knowledge and experience prior to stepping up from national level to ERC Junior Under 27.

Into its fourth decade as a round of the European championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín remains huge in terms of challenge, spectator and media interest with this year’s event covering 15 fast and demanding all-asphalt stages over 204.25 kilometres from 25-27 August.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

*A record 37 R5 cars are entered with 28 drivers in top-of-the-range machinery holding ERC priority status from a total of 49 ERC priority drivers. *Of those 28, seven will chase success in the new-for-2017 ERC Junior Under 28 Championship.

*Across the various rallies, there are 151 entries from 23 countries.

*Barum Czech Rally Zlín takes on added significance for Dominik Brož, Jan ?erný and Filip Mareš who make up their home nation’s motorsport federation’s ACCR Czech Team.

*There have been five different winners from the opening five events of the 2017 ERC season meaning a wide-open battle for victory is expected in Czech Republic.

CHAMPIONSHIP NEWS

*As well as counting for ERC1, ERC2, ERC3, ERC Junior Under 28, ERC Junior Under 27 and ERC Ladies’ Trophy points, Barum Czech Rally Zlín is a scoring round of the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, which has been streamlined for this season with one title only up for grabs to increase competition. Castrol Ford Team Turkey heads the Opel Rallye Junior Team after five events.

*Double European champion Kajetan Kajetanowicz is the new leader of the headlining ERC1 division following his home podium in Poland earlier this month, a result that puts him 13 points ahead of previous pacesetter Bruno Magalhães from Portugal. If the LOTOS Rally Team driver can maintain his advantage, then he’ll become the first driver in ERC history to win the title three years in succession.

*Tibor Érdi Jr was set for a second ERC2 victory in Poland only for engine failure at the finish of the final stage to hand Zelindo Melegari the laurels – and a 53-point advantage – in dramatic fashion.

*Bu?ra Banaz maintains the title initiative in ERC3 following a troubled Rally Rzeszow for Briton Chris Ingram, who trails his Turkish rival by 10 points.

*A second ERC Junior Under 28 triumph for Marijan Griebel in Poland extends the German’s advantage to 41 points. However, with three scoring rounds remaining, the champion’s prize drive in a World Rally Car on a European round of the world championship in 2018 remains wide open.

*Flying Finn Jari Huttunen closed up to Chris Ingram in ERC Junior U27 with his first class win.

*Emma Falcón, Tamara Molinaro and Catie Munnings will continue their battle for ERC Ladies’ Trophy glory in Czech Repulbic when they will be joined by former ERC regular Ekaterina Stratieva.

EVENT NEWS

*Barum Czech Rally Zlín, which turns 47 in 2017, features 15 stages over 204.25 kilometres.

*Following the Qualifying Stage in Žlutava on the morning of Friday 25 August, the ever-popular Zlín superspecial from 21h30 marks the first competitive action proper.

*Leg one continues on Saturday 26 August with eight stages covering 99.62 kilometres. The 6.54-kilometre B?ezová stage begins after sunset and brings the day’s action to a close.

*After six further stages on Sunday, the event finishes on the Nám?stí Míru square in Zlín, the same location as the start selection ceremony and ceremonial start.

*As well as the four-wheeled competition, a bike race is being organised for all-comers from 16h30 on Friday 25 August. More information is available at zlinska-kola.cz.

DRIVER NEWS

*Germany’s ERC Junior Under 28 leader Marijan Griebel will start Barum Czech Rally Zlín on the back of an outing on his home round of the world championship where one of his rivals for WRC2 class success was 2013 European champion and five-time Zlín winner Jan Kopecký.

*In addition to Kopecký, a host of other leading Czech drivers will chase ERC points on their home event. They include Jan ?erný, Tomáš Kostka, Roman Kresta, Václav Pech, Pavel Valoušek and ERC stalwart Antonín Tlus?ák.

*Alexey Lukyanuk, still fighting back to full fitness following a testing crash in his native Russia in May, returns to frontline ERC action after his huge Rally Rzeszow crash. He was second in Zlín last season until an accident on the final stage put him out.

*Kajetan Kajetanowicz makes his fourth Zlín start. The ERC champion’s best result in Czech Republic remains the third place he scored in 2015.

*Russian rising star Nikolay Gryazin’s second appearance in Zlín comes off the back of a rally-ending crash in Poland but not before the teenager had demonstrated plenty of pace and potential.

*Polish title winners past and present ?ukasz Habaj and Grzegorz Grzyb will be competing in Zlín when they take on compatriot Jarek Szeja, who hails from Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s hometown of Ustron and campaigns his Orsák Rally Sport Ford Fiesta R5 in the Czech championship.

*Slovakian hopeful Martin Ko?i has notched up six podiums from eight starts in 2017 and makes his first ERC start of the season.

*Dávid Botka gets his third start in his recently-acquired ŠKODA Fabia R5 run under the Botka-Tlus?ák Racing banner, the car of choice for former GT racer Albert von Thurn und Taxis.

*Bryan Bouffier’s Rally Rzeszow victory has fired the Frenchman back into title contention, while José Suárez’s ERC Junior Under 28 podium has boosted the Peugeot Rally Academy member’s prospects.

*With Kristóf Klausz’s regular co-driver Botond Csányi still out of action following his Rzeszow crash, the Hungarian has been forced to pull his entry.

*Austrian Julian Wagner, younger brother of new ERC Junior Under 27 recruit Simon Wagner, is making his category debut in Czech Republic.

*Tamara Molinaro has recuited Norwegian Veronica Engan to co-drive in place of Ursula Mayrhofer.

*Martin Špa?hel, an ex-world hockey champion, will compete in a Honda Civic VTi, TV presenter Tomáš Hauptvogel will drive an Opel Adam while former Le Mans 24 Hours winner Romain Dumas will be at the wheel of a Porsche 997 GT3 in the FIA’s RGT category.

FAST FACTS

1: Barum Czech Rally Zlín first ran as an amateur event in 1971 with local driver Jan Halmaz?a winning a ŠKODA 1100 MB. It joined the ERC in 1984 and has been part of the championship ever since.

2: With five outright wins to his name, Jan Kopecký is the event’s most successful driver. 3: Event sponsor Continental Barum’s giant tyre factory and distribution centre in nearby Otrokovice hosts the rally’s permanent service park.

4: Zlín’s transformation from small town to big city can be credited to Tomáš Bat’a, who founded a shoe factory there in 1894. Indeed, Bat’a’s old office – located in a moving elevator – is preserved in the Regional Authority Building 21.

5: Zlín was renamed Gottwaldov from 1949-1990 after the first communist president of Czechoslovakia, Klement Gottwald.

THE RALLY IN 100 WORDS

Ever-present in the ERC since the championship’s streamlining in 2004, Barum Czech Rally Zlín is based in the South Moravian university city, 300 kilometres south of the Czech capital Prague. It is a Tarmac test like no other due to the bumpy and sometimes broken nature of the road surface. To add to the challenge, several stages feature high-speed blasts through forests and intermittent showers are always possible. While the weather might be hard to predict, huge numbers of fans follow the action, especially on the opening night-time Zlín superspecial stage. The rally has a long-term ERC contract in place.

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016?

Jan Kopecký won his home round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Barum Czech Rally Zlín, for the fifth time after a flat-out duel with Alexey Lukyanuk all the way until a dramatic final stage. The 2013 European champion Kopecký led after all but one of the 15 stages on the asphalt classic in his factory ŠKODA Fabia R5, but never had a margin of more than nine seconds over rapid Russian Lukyanuk, driving the event for just the second time in his Ford Fiesta R5. Lukyanuk briefly took the lead on Saturday evening and on Sunday he won both runs over the Pindula test to twice slash his deficit to Kopecký. On the second occasion this set up a final-stage decider between the pair, now separated by just 4.6 seconds. However, Lukyanuk’s hopes ended when he tagged a water barrel on the inside of the corner, breaking a steering arm and losing over 10 minutes. Defending champion and points leader Kajetan Kajetanowicz was forced to retire from the opening leg with engine problems, but restarted on Sunday. French asphalt ace Bryan Bouffier began the final morning in third, but a slow couple of stages dropped him behind Tomáš Kostka, only for Kostka to suffer a broken differential on the day’s third stage, robbing him of front-wheel drive and around 40 seconds. Bouffier took a two-second margin over Jaromír Tarabus into mid-day service but was unable to go any further, with his Gemini Clinic Rally Team Citroën DS3 R5 dropping to three cylinders. Local resident Tarabus then lost his hopes of a dream home podium when he crashed on the next stage. This promoted Jan Cerný to third, but when he got held up behind another car on the penultimate stage, it looked as if his podium chances had gone too, with Kostka moving ahead. However, Lukyanuk’s misfortune allowed both to celebrate top three finishes. Czech drivers filled the top five places in the end, with Pavel Valoušek recovering from a time-consuming puncture on Saturday to take fourth. ERC debutant Fabian Kreim lost out to Valoušek when he suffered a puncture of his own on the penultimate stage, but the German still completed a sweep of the top five for ŠKODA, which was supporting the 23-year-old’s participation in its home event. Chris Ingram took a well-timed first win of the ERC Junior season to strengthen his position at the top of the standings, while Giacomo Scattolon secured his second ERC2 win of the campaign.

MASSIVE 37-CAR R5 CONTINGENT FOR ERC BARUM CZECH RALLY ZLÍN

Posted: August 17, 2017 4:19 AM

A season-record 37 R5 cars are entered for next week’s Barum Czech Rally Zlín, round six of the FIA European Rally Championship.

Of those, 28 hold ERC priority status, with seven chasing success in the ERC Junior Under 28 division led by points pacesetter Marijan Griebel and his Peugeot Rally Academy-run rival Pepe López.

Double champion and new ERC title leader Kajetan Kajetanowicz tops the overall list with 2013 European champion and five-time Zlín winner Jan Kopecký seeded number two for the factory ŠKODA squad followed by Bruno Magalhães, Alexey Lukyanuk and Bryan Bouffier, who claimed victory on the last ERC round in Poland.

Other R5 highlights include Jan ?erný, Tomáš Kostka, Roman Kresta, Václav Pech, Pavel Valoušek, ERC stalwart Antonín Tlus?ák, Russian rising star Nikolay Gryazin, French Tarmac champion Sylvain Michel, Polish title winners past and present ?ukasz Habaj and Grzegorz Grzyb, Slovakian hopeful Martin Ko?i, Irish prospect Josh Moffett, Castrol Ford Team Turkey’s Murat Bostanci, plus Dávid Botka and ERC rookies Jarek Szeja and Albert von Thurn und Taxis.

In total, a 2017-best 49 crews will hold ERC priority status and enjoy the benefits that brings with ERC Junior Under 27 contenders Chris Ingram, Jari Huttunen and Aleks Zawada, plus ERC2 leader Zelindo Melegari also set for action on the all-asphalt event from 27-29 August.

Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, said:
“The entry list for Barum Czech Rally Zlín is truly fantastic with a season-record 37 R5 cars just one of the highlights. This strong level of interest demonstrates the appeal of the ERC to all-comers and particularly young hopefuls building their knowledge and experience of a highly competitive and demanding event in order to make the step to the world championship one day. Despite the fact we’re into the second half of the season when budgetary concerns can be an issue for drivers, there’s more and more demand for the ERC. And with all the various European championships up for grabs there’s going to be plenty of interest from fans and media. It’s going to be a very exciting rally.”

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