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Sun April 2, 2017

Azores Airlines Rallye press conference IRC Azores Airlines Rallye press conference FIA European Rally Championship 2017: Round 1 of 8 Azores Airlines Rallye, 30 March-1 April Present: Bruno Magalhães/Hugo Magalhães, first overall; Marijan Griebel/Stefan Kopczyk, second overall; Josh Moffett/James Fulton, third overall ...

Magnificent Magalhaes wins Azores IRC Magnificent Magalhaes wins Azores Portuguese driver Bruno Magalhães has taken an incredible third Azores Airlines Rallye victory. Magalhães, who previously won the spectacular mid-Atlantic event in 2008 and 2010, was contesting his first gravel rally for 18 months and was driving a Skoda Fabia R5 for the first ti...

Sat April 1, 2017

Pirelli on spotlight in SanRemo & Azores IRC Pirelli on spotlight in SanRemo & Azores It was an exciting weekend of international rallying for Pirelli, with a double triumph in Sanremo and a strong performance in the Azores, highlighting up and coming young talents. ERC - AZORES AIRLINES RALLY. At the first round of the FIA European Rally Championship, Alexey L...

Bruno Magalhaes win and ERC lead! IRC Bruno Magalhaes win and ERC lead! Bruno Magalhães has become a three-time winner of the Azores Airlines Rallye following a dramatic start to the FIA European Rally Championship season and an exciting new era for ERC Junior. To provide a clear path from national level to the world championship, ERC Junior has b...

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IRC P/AZ SS16 - end @ 06:31 PM - Bruno Magalhaes wins on his 1st rally since over a year! Lopez keeps 4th, Vieira gains a place. Ingram wins 2WD as Huttunen crashed in the famous watersplash 100metres from the finish! Final results (after SS16)(subject to last road section and scrutineering):
1st= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 2h37m04s3;
2nd= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m34s4;
3rd= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +4m50s9;
4th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +6m05s9;
5th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +6m10s9;
6th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +7m29s7;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +7m33s8;
8th= Barros/Henriques, Ford, +9m06s;
9th= Vieira/Carvalho, Citroen, +9m18s7;
10th= Rego/da Silva, Ford, +10m17s5

IRC P/AZ SS15 - And now Cerny @ 05:42 PM - Rally of never ending drama. Now Cerny from 3rd retires with an accident on this narrow, technical stage, crew OK. Lopez passes Meireles for 4th but now has Gryazin only 2.1s behind. Results after SS15:
1st= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 2h18m39s2;
2nd= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m00s4;
3rd= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +4m10s5;
4th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +5m53s;
5th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +5m55s1;
6th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +6m16s3;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +7m05s1;
8th= Barros/Henriques, Ford, +8m19s7;
9th= Rego/da Silva, Ford, +8m23s8;
10th= Vieira/Carvalho, Citroen, +8m26s1

IRC P/AZ SS14 - Now Moura out @ 04:31 PM - Drama never ends. Now 2nd placed Moura, less than 10s from the lead, stopped with a technical problem, possible engine. Puncture for Gryazin and puncture number 5(!) for Sirmacis. Lopez has a big spin. Moffett flying and only 0.4s from 3rd. Huttunen took lead in 2WD for first time. Results after SS14:
1st= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 2h02m54s;
2nd= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +43s9;
3rd= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m26s5;
4th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +3m26s9;
5th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +5m08s2;
6th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +5m39s4;
7th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +5m46s9;
8th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +6m25s1;
9th= Rego/da Silva, Ford, +7m02s6;
10th= Barros/Henriques, Ford, +7m11s3

IRC P/AZ SS13 @ 02:48 PM - Short spectator superspecial and big, big action! Lukyanuk doesn't even start after his SS12 dramas. In this show stage both Polish Ford drivers Habaj (from 7th) and Kaspeczyk (10th) land heavily and damage their radiators, retire on the spot. Results after SS13:
1st= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 1h52m26s1;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +9s6;
3rd= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +42s1;
4th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m52s2;
5th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +3m02s;
6th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +4m24s9;
7th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +4m36s3;
8th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +4m55s9;
9th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +5m38s2;
10th= Rego/da Silva, Ford, +6m08s2

IRC P/AZ SS12 - Lukyanuk loses lead! @ 12:47 AM - Big news is that Lukyanuk (again!) hit something and lost 9min. Suarez also crashed. Gryazin power steering issues. So close to the finish and all is upside down, i.e. Cerny moves from 7th to 4th. Now Magalhaes in a small lead on his comeback after over a year. Results after SS12:
1st= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, 1h48m57s3;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +9s31;
3rd= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +36s8;
4th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m50s5;
5th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +2m56s8;
6th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +4m11s;
7th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +4m26s5;
8th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +4m26s9;
9th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +4m54s4;
10th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +5m17s3

IRC P/AZ SS11 @ 11:46 AM - Day 3 is on and fastest time for Lukyanuk with Magalhaes 2nd. Big fog in narrow stage leading to spins for Kajto (who is only a re-starter anyway) and Vieira, the Citroen driver drops from 8th to 13th. Peugeot's Lopez has a strong time, climbing from 15th to 11th. Results after SS11:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h29m43s3;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +37s1;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +50s4;
4th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +1m17s9;
5th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m22s4;
6th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +3m04s;
7th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +3m19s4;
8th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +4m12s7;
9th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +4m23s1;
10th= Kasperczyk/Syty, Ford, +4m47s

Fri March 31, 2017

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IRC P/AZ SS10 - day2 @ 05:29 PM - Magalhaes wins 2nd stage in a row and passes Moura for 2nd! Lukyanuk touched a wall after a jump and lost rear window. Suarez and Koltun hit banks and damaged suspensions. Both continued but with time losses of around 7 min. Results after day2 (SS10):
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1h14m04s5;
2nd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +27s8;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +33s8;
4th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +1m05s6;
5th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m08s4;
6th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +2m17s5;
7th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2m47s4;
8th= Vieira/Carvalho, Citroen, +2m53s8;
9th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +3m06s6;
10th= Meireles/Castro, Skoda, +3m19s1

IRC P/AZ SS9 @ 04:49 PM - Magalhaes wins stage. Lukyanuk is taking it taking it carefully after his SS8 puncture. He enters the big volcano stage next without a spare wheel! Results after SS9:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 56m40s1;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +21s9;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +28s;
4th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +45s7;
5th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +55s6;
6th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m03s2;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1m15s6;
8th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +1m39s9;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m52s4;
10th= Vieira/Carvalho, Citroen, +2m01s

IRC P/AZ SS8 @ 04:26 PM - In a funny turn of events, leader Lukyanuk has a puncture. A puncture funny? Last stage in a massive attack Lukyanuk exactly doubled his lead, one stage later with a puncture he exactly halfed his lead again! Results after SS8:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 51m10s9;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +21s6;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +29s8;
4th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +41s5;
5th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +49s6;
6th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +59s;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1m12s8;
8th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +1m33s2;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m43s2;
10th= Vieira/Carvalho, Citroen, +1m47s3

IRC P/AZ SS7 @ 01:31 PM - First run over the famous volcano stage and Lukyanuk flies. He exactly doubles his leading margin! So much to him driving careful, his excuse "It is impossible to drive this beautiful stage carefully!" Results after SS7:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 46m23s9;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +41s3;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +50s9;
4th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +1m03s1;
5th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +1m09s3;
6th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +1m20s2;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1m32s4;
8th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +1m47s;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +1m59s4;
10th= Vieira/Carvalho, Citroen, +2m02s

IRC P/AZ SS6 @ 12:48 AM - Lukyanuk says he is taking it careful now, but will he stick to that, seeing past incidents? Griebel has a puncture and swaps 4th for 6th places with Gryazin, with Suarez in 5th being the meat in the sandwich. Results after SS6:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 28m47s4;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +20s6;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +30s;
4th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +32s1;
5th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +36s9;
6th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +53s9;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +54s3;
8th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +58s2;
9th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +1m00s1;
10th= Barbosa/Ramalho, Skoda, +1m10s4

IRC P/AZ SS5 - Kajto out @ 12:12 AM - Day2 starts with a bang. ERChamp and rally leader Kajto crashed (crew) OK into a wall after a jump. Lukyanuk described it as "Lots of spare parts for my car all over the road". On top Sirmacis puncture and slow-ish time by Gryazin means Griebel and Suarez gain 3 positions each. Results after SS5:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 23m11s8;
2nd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +19s1;
3rd= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +23s5;
4th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +25s9;
5th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +28s2;
6th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +28s5;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +30s;
8th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +41s8;
9th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +51s7;
10th= Habaj/Dymurski, Ford, +55s2

Thu March 30, 2017

Kajto heads Lukyanuk in close duel IRC Kajto heads Lukyanuk in close duel Azores Airlines Rallye leg one section one report: 30 March 2017 Kajetan Kajetanowicz leads the Azores Airlines Rallye by just 1.1 seconds after a thrilling opening section of the FIA European Rally Championship opener. Two-time ERC champion Kajetanowicz is engaged in an in...

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IRC P/AZ SS4 - day1 @ 07:13 PM - Just a short spuperspecial, but enough for Kajto to snap the lead from Lukyanuk. Bostanci has his rear axle damaged with his car driving sideway on the straights. Lopez carries on with his car stuck in 3rd gear and dropping to 20th. Results after day1 (SS4):
1st= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, 18m44s3;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +1s1;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +13s8;
4th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +17s3;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +19s5;
6th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +21s9;
7th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +22s5;
8th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +23s7;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +34s2;
10th= Moffett/Fulton, Ford, +41s3

IRC P/AZ SS3 @ 06:05 PM - Longest stage of the day and Lukyanuk & Kajto are 10s faster than the rest of the field. Lopez in the works Peugeot has a technical problem and dropped to around 15th. Results after SS3:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 15m17s8;
2nd= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +0s9;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +9s3;
4th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +13s;
5th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +16s3;
6th= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +16s5;
7th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +17s5;
8th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +20s8;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +27s;
10th= Koltun/Pleskot, Ford, +31s9

IRC P/AZ SS2 @ 05:16 PM - First proper stage, though still quite a bit of asphalt and drivers surprised how worn their drivers are. Especially Moura and Lukyanuk, 1st and 2nd now, may have a tyre problem in the next stage, which is the longest of the day at 14km. Results after SS2:
1st= Moura/Costa, Ford, 5m09s8;
2nd= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, +0s3;
3rd= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +1s;
4th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1s1;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +1s6;
6th= Griebel/Kopczyk, Skoda, +2s9;
7th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +3s9;
8th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +4s5;
9th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +4s9;
10th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +6s2

IRC P/AZ SS1 @ 04:57 PM - ERC 2017 is go. However 1st stage is a short show stage, quite nice, but half asphalt and most drivers chose to safe their soft gravel tyres for later. So don't read too much into the results yet. Results after SS1:
1st= Lukyanuk/Arnautov, Ford, 1m34s7;
2nd= Gryazin/Fedorov, Skoda, +0s5;
3rd= Moura/Costa, Ford, +0s8;
4th= Sirmacis/Simins, Skoda, +1s;
5th= Magalhaes/Magalhaes, Skoda, +1s1;
6th= Lopez/Rozada, Peugeot, +1s5;
=7th= Kajetanowicz/Baran, Ford, +1s8;
=7th= Botka/Szeles, Citroen, +1s8;
9th= Cerny/Cernohorsky, Skoda, +2s;
10th= Suarez/Carrera, Peugeot, +2s1

Wed March 29, 2017

Exceptional entry set for Azores Rally IRC Exceptional entry set for Azores Rally A record-breaking top-class field has assembled for this week's Azores Airlines Rallye, which promises to kick-start the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship in spectacular style. Based on São Miguel island, the largest in the mid-Atlantic archipelago, the event has moved ...

Tue March 28, 2017

ERC Junior U28 quotes IRC ERC Junior U28 quotes FIA ERC Junior Under 28 Championship pre-event quotes; Round 1 of 6: Azores Airlines Rallye, 30 March-1 April ...

ERC Junior U27 quotes IRC ERC Junior U27 quotes FIA ERC Junior Under 27 Championship pre-event quotes; Round 1 of 6: Azores Airlines Rallye, 30 March-1 April ...

Sun March 26, 2017

ERC Jr: Future World Champ search is on IRC ERC Jr: Future World Champ search is on The restructured FIA ERC Junior category, which has helped to grow the careers of 67 drivers since it was introduced in 2014, gets underway on the Azores Airlines Rallye next week (30 March-1 April) with 19 drivers chasing success – and future career progression – in two differen...

Preview Azores Airlines Rallye IRC Preview Azores Airlines Rallye Full preview of Azores Airlines Rallye, ERC 2017 round1 or 8 with a full list of facts from different categories. ...

Tue February 21, 2017

Key timings for Acores Airline Rallye IRC Key timings for Acores Airline Rallye Excitement is building as the closing date for entries for the opening round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship looms. Competitors aiming to contest the Azores Airlines Rallye from 30 March-1 April have until 2 March to enter. While there is a final closing date for entr...

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