One of the most spectacular events on the international calendar, the Azores Airlines Rallye, opens the 2018 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) season from 22-24 March. The material and information links below have been prepared to assist your reporting of the event on São Miguel in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading PREVIEW: FIA ERC’s Azores Airlines Rallye
Contested over eight events from next weekend this month to October, the 2018 FIA ERC schedule has been structured in response to calls from drivers and teams who were keen to cap their number of competitive outings at between six and eight events. The calendar includes three rallies on asphalt and five on gravel (three on each surface for ERC Junior Under 27 and ERC Junior Under 28). And in a further cost-cutting measure, drivers chasing overall honours count their best six scores only.
The Group B cars ooze passion. The WRC cars are technological wonders. But, which is fastest?
The opening round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship takes place from 25 – 28 January 2018, a week later than usual. It will play host to 17 stages of 394.74km of competitive action, of which 50 percent of the route will be new compared to 2017’s edition.
Snow, ice, black ice and sometimes all of these in the same stage: drivers and co-drivers have a hard time reading the roads. Support crews, technicians, and spotters play a pivotal role in safely – and speedily – negotiating the stages.
This is a rally not to be missed. If last year’s event action was to be repeated, we’d not be disappointed. This author suspects there’ll be a tight fight for the overall victory: Sebastien Ogier (M-Sport), Thierry Neuville (Hyundai Motorsport), Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC) and some wild picks would be Kris Meeke (Citroen WRC) and Ott Tanak (Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC).
Click to watch the highlights from 2017 to whet your appetite. Only 5 more weeks remain to the start…