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Rally Islas Canarias talking points

Rally Islas Canarias talking points

27.04.2019: Rally Islas Canarias FIA European Rally Championship round 2 of 8* 2-4 May 2019 Las Palmas, Gran Canaria *A record-breaking 120-car entry includes some of the best drivers from the European and Spanish championships, plus a number of competi

Rally Islas Canarias
FIA European Rally Championship round 2 of 8*
2-4 May 2019
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria






*A record-breaking 120-car entry includes some of the best drivers from the European and Spanish championships, plus a number of competitors from the Canary Islands. They include Emma Falcón, the ERC Ladies’ Trophy winner from 2018 who steps up to R5 power, and event stalwart Luis Mónzon.


*Among the top Spaniards in action are current leaders of the national asphalt series and Supercampeonato, Pepe López and Xevi Pons, a former world championship regular.


*Double ERC Junior champion and 2018 German title winner Marijan Griebel switches from Volkswagen Polo to ŠKODA Fabia power, while his Baumschlager Rallye & Racing team welcomes Albert von Thurn und Taxis back to ERC duty.


*Swede Lars Stugemo makes his ERC return in a Polo R5 GTI run by the Finnish Printsport team.


*Double ERC2 champion Tibor Érdi Jr begins his first ERC1 campaign in the Fabia R5 he used for the first time on last season’s Rally Liepāja, while fellow Hungarian Norbert Herczig will be hoping for better fortune in his MOL-backed Volkswagen Polo after a steering issue triggered his early exit in the Azores.


*Team OSCARO’s Pierre-Louis Loubet is another driver aiming to hit back from his Azores retirement, the Corsican having been in the podium fight at the time.


*Paulo Nobre’s Rally Islas Canarias appearance comes during a busy period for the Brazilian, who will be contesting the world championship rounds in Argentina and Chile either side of the island event.


*Niki Meyr-Melnhof is set for his first ERC outing of 2019 following an impressive showing on October’s Rally Liepāja.


*ERC2 is set for a close battle between Juan Carlos Alonso, Sergei Remennik and the returning Zelindo Melegari. They will take on the Abarth Rally Cup runners for class success.


*Florian Benardi begins his ERC3 title bid with Peugeot Rally Academy duo, Yohan Rossel and Catie Munnings, plus Sean Johnston from the United States among his opposition.


*The ERC Junior contingent stands at a mammoth 20 entries including newcomers Jean-Baptiste Franceschi, Grigor Grigorov and Petr Semerad. A separate preview will be issued on 29 April.


*Four teams from national associations or federations will contest the ERC Nations’ Cup, while the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams has strong support once again with 27 squads chasing points






Richard Rodgers, photos FIA ERC


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