ERC event preview: Rally di Roma Capitale

ERC event preview: Rally di Roma Capitale

20.07.2021: FIA ERC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Rally di Roma Capitale 23-25 July 2021 The all-action 2021 FIA European Rally Championship heads next to Italy for Rally di Roma Capitale (July 23-25), the first of two consecutive Tarmac rounds following back-to-back e


FIA ERC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
Rally di Roma Capitale
23-25 July 2021



The all-action 2021 FIA European Rally Championship heads next to Italy for Rally di Roma Capitale (July 23-25), the first of two consecutive Tarmac rounds following back-to-back events on gravel in Poland and Latvia.



ESSENTIALS



What: 2021 FIA European Rally Championship round 3 of 8*
When: July 23-25, 2021
Where: Rome and Fiuggi, Italy
Stages: 14
Stage distance: 190.09 kilometres
Surface: Asphalt
ERC appearances (since 2004 restructuring): 4 (2017-2020)


*Also counting for: ERC2, ERC3, ERC Junior, ERC3 Junior, European Rally Championship for Teams, Abarth Rally Cup, Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT. ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory incentives available



Recent winners:


2020: Alexey Lukyanuk/Dmitry Eremeev (Citroën C3 R5)
2019: Giandomenico Basso/Lorenzo Granai (Škoda Fabia R5)
2018: Alexey Lukyanuk/Alexey Arnautov (Ford Fiesta R5)
2017: Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri (Ford Fiesta R5)
2016: Umberto Scandola/Guide D’Amore (Škoda Fabia R5)*
*Non-ERC event



The rally in 100 words:



The progression of this asphalt event from Max Rendina’s Motorsport Italia organisation is impressive. First run in 2013, Rally di Roma Capitale made its ERC debut in 2017 as Italy returned to the European championship for the first time in four years when Rallye Sanremo was on the calendar.



It proved a big hit and continues to flourish. From event hub Fiuggi crews tackle challenging stages north, west and southeast of the spa town, while a new stage around the Terme di Caracalla in central Rome provides another exciting spectacle. The rally also counts for Sparco Italian championship points.



The main changes for 2021:


The fifth Rally di Roma Capitale to count for the ERC kick-offs with a spectacular superspecial stage in the heart of the Eternal City with the all-new Caracalla ACI Roma stage due to take place from 20h00 CET on Friday July 23.


Located close to the Colosseum and Circus Maximus, the stage will start from Via San Balbina and will total 2.72 kilometres over a loop around the Terme di Caracalla, repeated twice.



SS1 Caracalla ACI Roma will follow the ceremonial start at Castel Sant’Angelo from 19h00 and the traditional Roma parade. In other changes, Collepardo – Civita on Sunday is a new addition, but the famous Pico stage is not included on this year's itinerary.







OVERVIEW


The all-action 2021 FIA European Rally Championship continues with Rally di Roma Capitale, the first of two consecutive Tarmac rounds following back-to-back events on gravel in Poland and Latvia.




Based in Fiuggi east of Rome from July 23-25, Rally di Roma Capitale has been part of the ERC family since 2017 when Bryan Bouffier beat Kajetan Kajetanowicz to victory by 0.3s in a dramatic finish.



For the event’s fifth ERC appearance, organisers have introduced new stages, including a superspecial in the heart of the Eternal City, and have attracted a sky-high 99 registrations of which 63 will be eligible for ERC points, while 34 are due to take part in pacesetting Rally2 cars.



As well as a talent-packed driver line-up there will be new cars, new teams, new categories, new rules, plus the latest crop of exciting young guns aiming to prove their worth as they continue the step up from national level to the world stage via the ERC.



While the ERC’s focus remains on providing a clear path of progression for drivers aiming for the top of the sport, it continues to be open to all-comers with a vast array of driver age and experience – plus machinery from the FIA Rally Cars Pyramid – all in action.



Rally di Roma Capitale is a round of the revamped FIA ERC Junior Championship for Rally3 cars on Pirelli tyres, plus the new-for-2021 Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT, the arrive-and-driver series for the Renault Clio Rally5 using MICHELIN tyres. MICHELIN is also providing incentives for young talents in Rally2 cars using its products via the ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory.



Administered by the FIA and promoted by Eurosport Events, the ERC is the established step-up series to the FIA World Rally Championship and is backed up by a global broadcast package, which includes extensive coverage on the various Eurosport platforms. Four stages on each event are shown live on Facebook and YouTube, while ERC Radio is on-air from all events.

 

ERC 2021: WHAT’S NEW?


*ERC1 Junior is renamed ERC Junior and is for Rally3 cars on Pirelli tyres. The champion gets a season in the Rally3-based WRC3 in 2022 as his or her incredible prize.


*A new prize package is on offer in ERC3 Junior with a full ERC Junior season in 2022 for drivers using the Ford Fiesta Rally4 from M-Sport Poland (or three events for those competing in another brand of car).


*ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory rewards young drivers in Rally2 cars on MICHELIN tyres with a variety of incentives, including some to reduce budgets, during the season.


*Clio Trophy by Toksport WRT provides entry-level action on an arrive and drive basis for the MICHELIN-equipped Renault Clio Rally5.


*The gravel-based Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras in northern Portugal joins the ERC schedule for the first time, while long-term ERC partner events, Azores Rallye, Barum Czech Rally Zlín and ORLEN 77th Rally Poland return after not running in 2020.


*M-Sport Poland has unleashed its all-new Fiesta Rally3 challenger, the first of its kind built to the FIA’s new rules. There are new Rally4 cars from Opel and Renault, while Rally2 Kit cars from Suzuki and Toyota are in contention for ERC2 points.


*Drivers in Rally2 cars are permitted to use a maximum of 16 tyres on asphalt and gravel events, with Rally3 drivers allowed to use a maximum of 16 tyres on asphalt and 12 on gravel rallies. For drivers in Rally4 and Rally5 cars, no more than 12 tyres can be used on asphalt or gravel.


*All drivers holding ERC priority status can score overall championship points in 2021, regardless of the type of FIA rally car they are competing in (Rally2, Rally3, Rally4, Rally5, Group N, Rally2 Kit and RGT).






 Richard Rodgers- photos FIA ERC

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20.07.2021 / MaP

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