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ERC | RD3 RALLY DI ROMA CAPITALE 2021

Having first hosted a round of the FIA European Rally Championship in 2017, Rally di Roma Capitale returned for its fifth edition and to host the third round of the 2021 ERC. 14 Asphalt stages covering 190km faced the crews, with last years winner and defending ERC champ Alexey Lukyanuk first on the road in his Citroen C3 Rally 2 car. Nickolay Gryazin would lay down the fastest time in his VW Polo GTi R5 on the short 4km Shakedown test stage on the Friday morning. The crews then headed…

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WRC | RD7 RALLY ESTONIA 2021

The FIA World Rally Championships returned to Estonia for Round 7 of the 2021 season. Estonias second edition of hosting a World Rally not only brought with it the familiar fast gravel roads with extreme jumps that were experienced last year, but this time around a few technical sections were also thrown in for good measure to. Photo: Hyundai Motorsport WRT A total of 314km spread over 24 special stages awaited the competitors in front of a mass of Estonian Rally fans who had flocked to the stages in the…

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BTRDA | RD1 – NICKY GRIST STAGES 2021

Some 17 months had passed since the last BTRDA Rally event, the Malcolm Wilson Rally way back in March 2020. But finally, the long wait for the return of one of the UK’s most popular Rally series and the return of Welsh Rallying happened with The Nicky Grist Stages. Sponsored by the man himself (Nicky Grist) and organised by the experienced Quinton Motor Club, the 2021 edition of the Nicky Grist Stages featured 8 stages (2 loops of 4 stages repeated) covering 44 stage miles on some of the World-Class…

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BRC | RD2 NICKY GRIST STAGES 2021

The second round of the 2021 British Rally Championship brought with it not only the return to gravel but the long-awaited return for Welsh Rallying. Organised by the very capable Quinton Motorclub, The Nicky Grist Stages offered up a 44-mile gravel rally spread over 8 very popular stages (2 loops of 4 repeated stages) in and around the Epynt Military ranges close to Builth Wells where the rally was based. Following on from the opening round of the BRC, The Neil Howard Stages at Oulton Park; the battle between a…

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ERC | RD2 – Rally Liepāja 2021

The next stop on the FIA European Rally Championship calendar was Latvia for Rally Liepāja, Round 2 of the 2021 season. For an event that started out as a Winter rally back in 2013 but then made the switch to the autumn for a gravel rally in 2016; this year it received its largest entry to date, with some 89 crews entered. Photos: FIA ERC & Lukyanuk Social Channels 12 stages were originally planned to cover 183km but this was reduced to just 10. Poland’s Mikołaj Marczyk set the benchmark…

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WRC | RD6 SAFARI RALLY KENYA 2021

The final day of the Safari Rally Kenya began with further drama in the form of heartbreak for the overnight rally leader, Thierry Neuville. Having shown to be the pacesetter for much of the rally; on the opening test of the final day, once again it was game over for a rally leading Hyundai car. Photo: WRC.com Entering the final day with a significant 57 second lead over Toyota’s Takamoto Katsuta; all the Belgian had to do was survive the remaining 5 stages which covered just 48km. Sadly for Neuville,…

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WRC | RD 6 – SAFARI RALLY KENYA 2021 | LEG 2

The second full day of the Safari Rally Kenya, for the majority of, produced far less drama compared to that of the previous action-packed day. With 132km spread over a further 6 stages on the tracks further north around Lake Elmenteita; what promised to be a much tougher day, was instead far more conservative.  Photo: NEP Finland Whilst the world on social media was banging on about Zebra Crossings, overnight rally leader Thierry Neuville set about extending his lead by 10 seconds over Takamoto Katsuta on the morning’s loop of…

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WRC | RD6 SAFARI RALLY KENYA | LEG 1

Finally one of the greatest and most challenging rallies on earth has returned to the FIA World Rally Championships. After 19 years of absence, the iconic Safari Rally Kenya plays host to Round 6 of the 2021 Championship. Last run back in in 2002, none of today’s current crop of drivers have ever experienced such an event. It is not the marathon event of the past, there are no bull bars or snorkels fitted to the current generation of World Rally Cars either but the challenge absolutely remains. Photo: Hyundai…

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WRC | PREVIEW | RD6 SAFARI RALLY KENYA 2021

After 19 years, the long-awaited legendary Safari Rally in Kenya returns to the FIA World Rally Championships for round 6 of the 2021 Championships. This iconic rally has been absent since 2002 and although it was hoped to return last year, the global pandemic prevented it; but this weekend the Safari Adventure IS happening and the entire World of rallying is incredibly excited.  Photos: WRC.com First, run way back in 1953 as the East African Safari Rally of Kenya, the Safari Rally of past times is no more, but the…

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ERC | RD1 RALLY POLAND 2021

After a delayed start to its season, the 2021 FIA European Rally Championship finally got underway with the 77th Rally Poland. This rally last ran as part of the ERC in 2019, where Russian Alexey Lukyanuk won the event; this year the rally featured 202km over 14 stages of fast and flowing gravel tests. Last years champion Alexey Lukyanuk returned to defend his title but would be up against some stiff competition on this opening round, with the likes of Andreas Mikkelsen (Skoda Fabia – TOK Sport WRT), Craig Breen…

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