177 million watch ERC on TV in 2017

177 million watch ERC on TV in 2017

The FIA European Rally Championship achieved significant audience and broadcast hours increases in 2017, independent analysis undertaken by Nielsen Sports on behalf of ERC promoter Eurosport Events has revealed. Coverage of the eight-event 2017 ERC season reached a cumulative 177.2 million viewers, which marked a 14.5 million (nine per cent) increase compared to 2016, when the ERC calendar was made up of 10 rallies and therefore offered more viewing opportunities. Despite there being two events fewer in 2017, broadcast time increased by 11.7 per cent to 1081 hours and 12…

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27. Rally Rzeszow – the round of European Rally Trophy

27. Rally Rzeszow – the round of European Rally Trophy

The European Rally Trophy (ERT), is made up of a total of eight regional competitions which follow broadly the same technical and sporting regulations as the European Rally Championship. Three categories are contested in each event – the main ERT class comprising of eligible R5 and S2000 machinery, ERT 2 for eligible Group N cars and ERT 3 for eligible 2WD Group R, Group A and Group N cars, plus Super 1600 and Group A kit cars. There is also an ERT Junior class for competitors born on or after…

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Seven events in 2018 Polish Rally Championship calendar

Seven events in 2018 Polish Rally Championship calendar

The 2018 Polish Rally Championship (RSMP) will be contested over seven events from April to September, the meeting of the Executive Board of PZM (polish ASN) in Warsaw today has confirmed. The RSMP calendar features five rallies on asphalt and two on gravel. Kicking off with the Świdnicki Rally from 20 to 22 April, the season concludes on Rally Poland in Mikołajki from 21-23 September. In between there will be visits to Duszniki-Zdrój for Dolnośląski Rally, to Lublin for the Nadwiślański Rally, to Chorzów for the Śląsk Rally, to Rzeszów for Rally Rzeszow and to Lithuania for gravel Elektrenai Rally, an…

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Mikolajki taking place of Rzeszow on the 2018 FIA ERC calendar

Mikolajki taking place of Rzeszow on the 2018 FIA ERC calendar

Ratified at a meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris (6 December) the FIA ERC calendar runs from March to October to ensure a regular flow of rallies. Rally Poland in Mikolajki taking place of Rally Rzeszow on the 2018 FIA ERC calendar. ERC season 66 begins with the Azores Airlines Rallye on the Portuguese mid-Atlantic Ocean archipelago from 22-24 March and concludes on Latvia’s Baltic coast from 12-14 October for Rally Liepāja, where five coveted FIA titles were decided this year. Two ERC mainstays, Rally Islas Canarias and Barum Czech Rally Zlín, occupy…

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Day report: Bouffier wins, Kajetanowicz takes ERC title lead at home

Day report: Bouffier wins, Kajetanowicz takes ERC title lead at home

Kajetan Kajetanowicz’s bid to become the first driver to win the FIA European Rally Championship three years running is alive after he moved into the title lead with second place on his home event, Rally Rzeszow, as Bryan Bouffier made it five winners from five ERC rounds with his record-extending fifth victory on the high-speed asphalt counter in southeast Poland. Marijan Griebel won ERC Junior Under 28 for a second time in a fine third overall, one place ahead of reigning Polish champion Grzegorz Grzyb. With his closest rival Pepe…

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Breaking news: Bouffier wins ERC Rally Rzeszow

Breaking news: Bouffier wins ERC Rally Rzeszow

Bryan Bouffier has won Rally Rzeszow for a fifth time to make it five winners from five FIA European Rally Championship events in 2017. Co-driven by Gilbert Dini in a Gemini Clinic Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5, Bouffier beat home hero Kajetan Kajetanowicz into second place with Marijan Griebel winning ERC Junior Under 28 in third overall. Kajetanowic now leads the ERC standings ahead of Bruno Magalhães. “It’s great,” said Bouffier. “This rally has always been important to me because it was my first rally in Poland a long, long…

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Midday report: Bouffier holing ERC Rzeszow advantage

Midday report: Bouffier holing ERC Rzeszow advantage

Bryan Bouffier continues to lead Poland’s round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Rally Rzeszow. A four-time winner of the challenging Tarmac event, Bouffier leads home hero Kajetan Kajetanowicz by 30.5s after winning two of this morning’s three stages. “It was a good morning and for now I cannot complain,” said the Gemini Clinic Rally Team driver. “I was faster than Kajto on each stage so it’s working really good.” LOTOS Rally Team-run Kajetanowicz, whose main target is to take the lead of the European championship from Bruno Magalhães rather…

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Early ERC drama for Østberg, Gryazin

Early ERC drama for Østberg, Gryazin

Any hopes Mads Østberg had of making a winning return to the FIA European Rally Championship are over after he stopped to change a puncture on Saturday’s first stage. Østberg started leg two 38 seconds down on overnight leader Bryan Bouffier in sixth overall but hit trouble early into the 22.55-kilometre Lubenia stage. “I hit a rock in a cut, I didn’t know the rock was there and we had a left-front puncture and stopped very early on the stage,” the world championship event winner told ERC Radio’s Julian Porter….

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