ERC event preview: Rally Islas Canarias

ERC event preview: Rally Islas Canarias

20.11.2020: After four action-packed rounds, the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship will be decided on Rally Islas Canarias from November 26-28 with four titles up for grabs and a top-quality entry featuring 27 Rally2 -specification cars and 45 ERC-registered crews


After four action-packed rounds, the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship will be decided on Rally Islas Canarias from November 26-28 with four titles up for grabs and a top-quality entry featuring 27 Rally2 -specification cars and 45 ERC-registered crews gearing up to tackle the all-asphalt stages.



ESSENTIALS



2020 FIA European Rally Championship round 5 of 5*
Rally Islas Canarias
26-28 November 2020


Where: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
Stages: 17
Distance: 201.79 kilometres
Surface: Tarmac

ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 5 (2013, 2016-2019)



*Also counting for: FIA ERC2, FIA ERC3, FIA ERC1 Junior, FIA ERC3 Junior, FIA European Rally Championship for Teams, Abarth Rally Cup



Recent winners:

2019: Pepe López/Borja Rozada (Citroën C3 R5)
2018: Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2017: Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2016: Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2015: Miguel Fuster/Ignacio Aviñó (Porsche 997 GT3 RS)*
*Non-ERC event




OVERVIEW


After four action-packed rounds, the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship will be decided on Rally Islas Canarias from November 26-28 with four titles up for grabs and a top-quality entry featuring 27 Rally2 -specification cars and 45 ERC-registered crews gearing up to tackle the all-asphalt stages.



Russian Rocket Alexey Lukyanuk tops the overall standings on the back of wins in Italy and Portugal but he must stave off the threat from teenage talent Oliver Solberg if he’s to win the coveted FIA title for a second time in three years.



As well as being a contender for overall honours, Solberg is chasing the ERC1 Junior crown and the €100,000 grant on offer for two ERC events in 2021. However, Hyundai Junior Driver Grégoire Munster stands in his way after moving to the head of the order with a second consecutive category win in Hungary.



Munster was an outside contender for the overall title, but with the Spa Rally no longer taking place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are now not enough points on the board for the Belgian talent to chase.



No Spa also means, 2019 ERC3/ERC3 Junior champion Efrén Llarena’s bid to win the ERC1 Junior crown for Rallye Team Spain is over for 2020, while Pep Bassas can no longer take the fight to Ken Torn in ERC3/ERC Junior with the Estonian now able to use Rally Islas Canarias as an extended ‘lap’ of honour following a hugely impressive campaign alongside co-driver and fellow Estonian Kauri Pannas



Hungary’s Tibor Érdi Jr needs 14 points to be crowned King of ERC2 for a third time, but Andrea Mabellini follows namesake Andrea Nucita as the Abarth Rally Cup title winner for 2020 due to his unassailable points total. Rallye Team Spain and Saintéloc Junior Team are at full strength with three entries each in their fight for the FIA European Rally Championship for Teams.



Rally Islas Canarias, which also counts for several national and local championships, features 17 stages over a competitive distance of 201.79 kilometres with the Estadio de Gran Canaria its new home and service park base for 2020 in line with COVID-19 restrictions.



One of the notable features of the sealed, undulating stages is the abrasive surface, constructed partly from volcanic lava. It means grip levels are high and remain constant even if it rains, although tyre wear can increase. However, with the opportunity to take ‘cuts’ through corners limited, the roads remain relatively debris-free.



Following a squeezed recce schedule over one and a half days, ERC registered crews head straight into Free Practice and the Qualifying Stage on the afternoon of Thursday November 26. The results of qualifying are used to determine the starting order for Friday’s opening leg, which runs southwest of the Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, over nine stages. The event concludes on Saturday following a further eight tests.



With the event running behind closed doors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans can watch live coverage of four stages on Facebook and YouTube, get all the instant action and reaction on ERC Radio live from the end of stages, while daily highlights will be shown on Eurosport.



All titles are subject to the publication of the final results.






ALPINE ADVANCE: MELEGARI BACK IN A110 RGT FOR RALLY ISLAS CANARIAS



Zelindo Melegari is Alpine powered once again on Rally Islas Canarias in a CHAZEL Technologie Course-prepared A110 RGT. The FIA ERC2 title-chasing Italian gave the French machine its international competition debut on Rally Fafe Montelongo last month. Although an accident on the opening day of the Portuguese event ruled out a strong result, Melegari was nevertheless able to demonstrate the car’s potential. CLICK FOR FULL STORY.




P1 RACING FUELS PODIUM CHALLENGE AWARDS ERC DRIVERS



The P1 Racing Fuels Podium Challenge, run for the first time during the 2019 ERC season finale in Hungary, continues on Rally Islas Canarias, round five of the 2020 FIA European Rally Championship. It rewards the top three finishes in ERC1 and ERC2 on each round with fuel vouchers that can be exchanged for P1 XR5 race fuel at subsequent events, helping competitors to further reduce the cost of competing.



Across both categories, the winning drivers receive 150 litres of fuel, while the second and third placed drivers receive 100L and 50L respectively.




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