ERC Rally Hungary leg one - Gryazin going for gold, Herczig heading for home podium

ERC Rally Hungary leg one - Gryazin going for gold, Herczig heading for home podium

23.10.2021: FIA ERC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP RALLY HUNGARY Saturday, October 23rd 2021 - Former ERC1 Junior champion in first place on debut in Nyíregyháza after rivals hit trouble - Hungarian hero Herczig holds second overnight


FIA ERC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
RALLY HUNGARY
Saturday, October 23rd  2021



- Former ERC1 Junior champion in first place on debut in Nyíregyháza after rivals hit trouble

- Hungarian hero Herczig holds second overnight as Cais drops out of lead with damaged tyre

- Østberg battles back from high-speed spin with afternoon stage-win double

- ERC champion-elect Mikkelsen overcomes power issue but late delay costs more time

- Vinyes exit hands team-mate Pardo ERC2 advantage despite contrasting fortunes

- Armstrong is the driver to beat in ERC3/ERC3 Junior as others are beset by issues

- Torn on top in ERC Junior, Rada first in Abarth Rally Cup following Poloński woe

- Soria first in Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT but Mabellini on course for title



Nikolay Gryazin has completed the opening leg of Rally Hungary in the lead, while Norbert Herczig is on course for a home podium following another action-packed day in the FIA European Rally Championship.



With seven stages run, Gryazin, with co-driver Konstantin Aleksandrov by his side, is 25.8s in front of Herczig as a late charge from Mads Østberg enabled the Norwegian to complete the overnight top three with a 2.6s advantage over defending Hungarian champion András Hadik. Efrén Llarena was fifth after seven stages but a 10s penalty for a jumped start means it’s Miko Marczyk who completes the top five overnight, despite a driveshaft failure slowing him down on SS4.



ERC champion-elect Andreas Mikkelsen has also had his share of problems on route to completing leg one in seventh. After he overcame a power issue this morning, a damaged front-right tyre caused the Škoda-powered Toksport WRT driver further delay on SS7. With leg bonus points handed to the top-five drivers only, Mikkelsen hasn’t quite done enough to put the title beyond rivals Llarena and Marczyk.



“We had some issues with the wastegate, there was a wire broken,” Mikkelsen said of his morning woes. “Why it happened I’m not sure but basically there was less power through [stages three and four] and I’m happy it was not more serious and we could continue. We have good engineers who sent us good videos so we knew what to look for but left completely alone I’m not sure if we’d know what to do to fix it. We will continue push hard but we have to think about the championship so we need to find a good mix.”



Apart from a moment on SS4, it’s been a day without major issue for Gryazin, who is making his Rally Hungary debut and is in contention to claim his second ERC win this season.



“We must continue to work but still be on the safe side because it’s easy to get a puncture,” Gryazin said. “Without knowing the stages it’s so difficult because you don’t know if there will be the cuts and it’s very difficult to approach the narrow roads. If you push too much it’s very easy to go on the outside of the corner and break something. You don’t need to be on the fastest pace but you need to be consistent.”



Despite a damaged tyre on SS3, Javier Pardo’s bid for a fifth consecutive victory in ERC2 is on track after Suzuki Motor Ibérica team-mate Joan Vinyes dropped out of first place when he went off the road and damaged the suspension on his Swift R4lly S on SS6 and retired.



Ken Torn tops ERC Junior in his M-Sport Poland Ford Fiesta Rally3, Jon Armstrong heads ERC3/ERC3 Junior with Martin Rada moving into the lead of the Abarth Rally Cup after an electrical issue slowed Dariusz Poloński on SS7. Paulo Soria leads the Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT order but Andrea Mabellini is edging closer to the title in third.




PROVISIONAL TOP 15 ERC POSITIONS (after seven stages, 103.18 kilometres)


1 Nikolay Gryazin (LVA)/Konstantin Aleksandrov (LVA) Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 57m04.0s
2 Norbert Herczig (HUN)/Ramón Ferencz (HUN) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +25.8s
3 Mads Østberg (NOR)/Torstein Eriksen (NOR) Citroën C3 Rally2 +39.7s
4 András Hadik (HUN)/Krisztián Ketrész (HUN) Ford Fiesta Rally2 +42.3s
5 Miko Marczyk (POL)/Szymon Gospodarczyk (POL) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m07.6s
6 Efrén Llarena (ESP)/Sara Fernández (ESP) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m17.0s
7 Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR)/Elliott Edmondson (GBR) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m27.7s
8 Simone Campedelli (ITA)/Tania Canton (CHE) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m28.5s
9 Ádám Velenczei (HUN)/Igor Bacigál (HUN) Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo +1m58.5s
10 Erik Cais (CZE)/Jindřiška Žáková (CZE) Ford Fiesta Rally2 +2m01.0s
11 Miklós Csomós (HUN)/Attila Nagy (HUN) Škoda Fabia R5 +2m39.5s
12 Yoann Bonato (FRA)/Benjamin Boulloud (FRA) Citroën C3 Rally2 +2m43.4s
13 Ken Torn (EST)/Kauri Pannas (EST) Ford Fiesta Rally3 +4m32.8s
14 Jon Armstrong (GBR)/Phil Hall (GBR) Ford Fiesta Rally4 +4m42.9s
15 Sami Pajari (FIN)/Marko Salminen (FIN) Ford Fiesta Rally4 +4m45.8s

FIA ERC2: Javier Pardo (ESP)/Adrián Pérez (ESP) Suzuki Swift R4lly S
FIA ERC3: Jon Armstrong (GBR)/Phil Hall (GBR) Ford Fiesta Rally4
FIA ERC Junior: Ken Torn (EST)/Kauri Pannas (EST) Ford Fiesta Rally3
FIA ERC3 Junior: Jon Armstrong (GBR)/Phil Hall (GBR) Ford Fiesta Rally4

 

Abarth Rally Cup: Martin Rada (CZE)/Jaroslav Jugas (CZE) Abarth 124 rally
Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT: Paulo Soria (ARG)/Marcelo Der Ohannesian (ARG) Renault Clio Rally5




WHAT’S NEXT?



The first of three visits to the 13.50-kilometre Erdőbénye test is up first on the deciding leg of Rally Hungary tomorrow. Located northwest of Nyíregyháza, the 13.50-kilometre stage is followed by the 10.85 kilometres of Fóny, which is also used three times during the day.


A single run through the Nyíregyháza-Városi test, a 5.78-kilometre street stage, is next with double visits to Erdőbénye and Fóny providing the challenge in the afternoon after midday service in Nyíregyháza.



The finish is scheduled at 19h04 outside Nyíregyháza’s city hall. SS11 (Erdőbénye 2), SS13 (Erdőbénye 3) and the stopline of SS14 (Fóny 3) are live on Facebook and YouTube.





LIVE STAGE COVERAGE REFRESHER



SS11: Erdőbénye 2 (13.50kms) from 13h30 CET, Sunday October 24 on Facebook, YouTube

SS13: Erdőbénye 3 (13.50kms) from 16h21 CET, Sunday October 24 on Facebook, YouTube

SS14: Fóny 3 (10.85kms) stopline from 17h19 CET, Sunday October 24 on Facebook, YouTube

Leg one highlights: Eurosport, 23h30 CET, Saturday October 23 (check local listings for details)

Leg two highlights: Eurosport, 22h00 CET, Sunday October 24 (check local listings for details)


Videos, news update and live timing: Available at FIAERC.com


ERC Radio: Live from the end of stages. Available at FIAERC.com or download the official ERC App



Social media: Follow the ERC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter



Event website:
https://rallyhungary.com





Richard Rodgers, photos FIA ERC DPPI


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23.10.2021 / MaP

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